Shortly before the start of the US Open, the Spanish press revealed that Rafael Nadal's wife, Maria Francisca Perello, had been admitted to a Majorcan clinic after entering her 31st week of pregnancy. She also had rumors of a possible surgery.
"Contrary to what you read around, I would like to inform you that my wife is fine," said Nadal earlier last week. In the last few hours, more clues have emerged that lead to the belief that everything is for the best.
Rafa's father and sister, Sebastian and Maribel, were in fact present in the Majorcan's box during the match against Gasquet. At the press conference, the 22-time Grand Slam champion expressed his feelings after a week in the tournament: "My level is rising as the rounds go by, it was exactly what I wanted.
Richard started playing better in the third set, but I I was good at resisting and closing the game in three sets."
Rafa at the US Open
As expected, Rafael Nadal qualified for the round of 16 of the US Open. Despite some difficulties in the first three rounds, the Spanish champion pulled out his claws and raised his level in the decisive moments.
The former world number 1 defeated Richard Gasquet in the third round, inflicting the Frenchman's 18th defeat in as many head-to-head matches. The 36-year-old from Manacor chased his fifth title at Flushing Meadows, which would allow him to hoist himself to 23 Slam and further stretch on Novak Djokovic.
In fact, we recall that the Serbian had to give up the last major of the season due to his vaccination status. Rafa was later eliminated in the 4th round in four sets by Frances Tiafoe. Regardless of how these US Open ends, 2022 has given Nadal tremendous satisfaction.
Fresh from a 2021 with only seven tournaments played, Rafa was able to win the Australian Open and Roland Garros leaving everyone speechless. A tear in his abs blocked his way to Wimbledon, preventing him from playing the semifinal against Nick Kyrgios.