Beaten at Bercy and eliminated prematurely at the ATP Finals in Turin, Rafael Nadal is experiencing a difficult end to the season which suggests the worst. At 36, the Mallorcan has been betrayed by his body this season when the latter is the fundamental element of his success. His end of career is taking a dramatic turn.
Rafael Nadal chain the seasons at the highest level. Winner of theAustralian Open and of Roland Garros this season, the Bull of Manacor had a disastrous end to the season. While he could steal the first place in the ranking ATP at Carlos Alcarazhe collapsed Masters. It was predictable given his last months of competition.
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Nadal has failed since Wimbledon
Miraculous and miraculous winner of Taylor Fritz in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, Rafael Nadal left there fat. Playing with a tear in the abdominals, he dragged his body into an inevitable fall. He forfeited the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios. Back on the courts at Masters 1000 of Cincinnatihe fell in the first round against Borna Coric. At theU.S. Open, Nadal lost in the eighth against Frances Tiafoe. Present for the jubilee of Roger Federer to the wash cup, he lost in doubles with the Swiss. He was logically expected at the turn at Bercy. Once again, the Spaniard was taken out in the first round, against the American Tommy Paul. He had one last chance to save his end of the season, at the ATP Finals of Torino. Entry defeat by Taylor Fritz then Felix Auger-Aliassime, Nadal saw his adventure come to an end. His 2023 season promises to be oh so complicated, but he is not going to give up.
“I don’t think I forgot how to play tennis”
After his defeat against Auger Aliassime, Rafael Nadal pointed to a lack of confidence. ” It has been six difficult months, at all levels. When you face all that, being there is positive. Experiencing what I experienced in recent weeks on the courts (three defeats in a row), it’s not a big surprise. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t sadden me. I was able to play two tournaments in the last three weeks, it’s a positive point since it’s something I hadn’t done for a while. I don’t think I forgot how to play tennis, how to feel strong enough mentally. I just need to get those positive feelings back and all that confidence, that mentality to be where I want to be. I don’t know if I’m going to reach this level again but what I’m sure is that I’m going to die for it he confided. A synonym of hope to retire in style, to Roland Garros, for example ? We can’t wait to see the proud reaction of Rafa!