Toni Nadal analyzed Rafael Nadal's 2022 and denied that the rise of Carlos Alcaraz may have distracted his nephew. Toni said: "Rafael Nadal doesn't think at all about what other players are doing. Rafa has always played for himself, he doesn't ask himself what Carlos Alcaraz or Novak Djokovic are doing.
My grandson accepts the results of other tennis players and works hard to be able to beat them." However, Toni spent fine words for Alcaraz: "In a few months, he has achieved what many players dream of winning in an entire career.
His earliness record is going to be really hard to beat. They had talked to me about him since he was 12-13 years old and I had first seen him play when he was 14-15. He had immediately impressed me. He has arm speed and leg speed that are not common on the major circuit.
We are talking about an extraordinary player, destined to do great things in the next few years." Carlos returned to the pitch in Astana, but was defeated on his debut by David Goffin. 2022 gave Rafael Nadal great satisfaction.
After a 2021 full of setbacks and closed prematurely, this year the Spaniard has put two Grand Slam titles on the board. The former world number 1 has in fact imposed himself at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, proving for the umpteenth time that he is a living legend.
The comeback against Daniil Medvedev in Melbourne will remain etched in the memory of fans for a very long time, as well as the victory against Novak Djokovic in Paris. The 36-year-old from Manacor suffered a tear in his abs at Wimbledon, where he was hunting for his third seal.
That injury prevented him from playing the semifinal against Nick Kyrgios and conditioned him on his way to the US Open. The 22-time Grand Slam champion showed up in New York in precarious conditions and left the scene already in the second round against Frances Tiafoe.