In a long interview granted to Esquire, Rafael Nadal summarized the best moments and the worst moments experienced this year. Rafa told: "I think it's been a great year professionally. It's not easy to win two Grand Slams in the same season at all.
I had two bad injuries at the beginning of the year and mid-season which prevented me from expressing myself at my best. some tournaments, but I can't complain. On a personal level, there have been moments of immense joy such as the birth of our son.
We also had to manage complicated situations that kept us on our toes, but in the end everything went well and I will keep a good memory of the year that is about to end." In the latest edition of the podcast hosted by Craig Shapiro, Kim Clijsters gave his candid opinion on Nadal: "It's amazing what he's managed to do this year, especially in Australia.
Rafael Nadal hadn't played for six months and was not among the favorites to win in Melbourne, but he proved once again that he is a legend of the sport. His foot made him suffer a lot in the first part of the season and he himself admitted that he thought about retiring.
Rafa never stops amaze me."
Nadal, between 2022 and 2023
Rafael Nadal has been limited by a few injuries in 2022, but he can still be proud of his achievements. The Spanish phenomenon has conquered the Australian Open and Roland Garros, proving once again that he is an icon of modern sport.
The former ATP number 1 thus hoisted himself to 22 Grand Slams, stretching over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time rankings. The 36-year-old from Manacor also expressed great tennis on the grass at Wimbledon, but a torn abs prevented him from playing in the semifinal against Nick Kyrgios.
That injury also conditioned his approach to the US Open, where Rafa was unable to go beyond the second round (beaten in four sets by a wild Frances Tiafoe). The last part of the season was stingy with satisfactions for the Iberian, who was unable to pass the group stage at the ATP Finals in Turin.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion will start the new year by taking part in the United Cup, a good test in view of the 2023 Australian Open.