In the press conference during his South American tour, Rafael Nadal also spoke about the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, focusing on Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi. The reporters asked Rafael Nadal to give an opinion on Lionel Messi, who has received a lot of criticism after his Argentina defeat to Saudi Arabia.
Nadal explained: "As a Real Madrid fan, I have to admit that Leo Messi has given me a lot of sorrows. As a sports lover, I really enjoy watching him play. We are talking about one of the best footballers ever, who has lived almost the entire his career in my country.
Despite the debut defeat, I believe that Argentina is still a candidate for the final victory. There are national teams that are a bit ahead of the others: Argentina, Spain, France, Brazil, Portugal and Germany." The 22-time Grand Slam champion will play a series of performances with Ruud between the end of November and the beginning of December.
Rafael Nadal's season
The second part of the season did not give Rafael Nadal great joys, at least on the competitive level. After winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros, the former world number 1 has once again had to deal with physical problems.
A tear in the abs prevented him from playing the Wimbledon semifinal against Nick Kyrgios, as well as influencing his approach to the US Open. The Spanish champion arrived in New York in precarious conditions, leaving the scene already in the second round against the home favorite Frances Tiafoe.
On Saturday 8 October, Rafa and his wife Xisca gave birth to their first child. The 36-year-old from Manacor returned to the field in the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000, where he stopped in the second round against Tommy Paul. He did not fare better at the ATP Finals in Turin, as the Iberian was eliminated already in the group stage after losing to Fritz and Auger-Aliassime. The statement about Casper Ruud on the last day of the Green Group was worthless.