Through a post published on Instagram, waterpolo legend Jennifer Pareja paid tribute to 22-time Slam champion Rafael Nadal. She said: "Rafael Nadal is not only what you see on the pitch, which is already a lot. Besides being a formidable athlete, he is also a special person.
I thought my admiration for Rafa could not increase, but our recent meeting it made me change my mind." During an interview, Carla Suarez Navarro expressed some doubts about the future of her illustrious countryman: "Rafa wants to continue playing at the highest level, but it is clear that his career is winding down.
Time passes for everyone and his body is He's been put to the test. Physically he's not what he used to be, even if his mental strength continues to amaze us." In theory, Nadal could still finish the year at the top of the ATP rankings.
The Spaniard is in fact 930 points behind Carlos Alcaraz, who reached the top thanks to his triumph at the US Open.
Rafael Nadal has confiscated two majors this year, leaving fans and insiders alike speechless.
The Spanish phenomenon imposed himself at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, extending over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time Grand Slam ranking. Thanks to the help of Dr Cotorro, the 36-year-old from Manacor managed to ease the pain in his foot and go to Wimbledon with ambitions for victory.
An abdominal tear prevented him from playing the semifinal against Nick Kyrgios and also affected his path towards the US Open. The Iberian arrived in New York in precarious conditions, leaving the stage already in the second round at the hands of a wild Frances Tiafoe.
On Saturday 8 October, Rafa and his wife Xisca gave birth to their first child. According to the latest rumors, the Majorcan should play the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and the ATP Finals, before traveling to South America for a series of performances.
Nadal, furthermore, will be among the stars of the upcoming and much awaited Australian Open 2023: at the same time, Novak Djokovic's presence is still in doubt.