Andy Murray weighs in on how parenthood might impact Rafael Nadal’s career

Andy Murray was a guest on the Spanish sports radio program El Larguero and he was asked to share his thoughts on Rafael Nadal becoming a father. Over this past weekend, Spanish media reported that Nadal and his wife Mery Perello welcomed a baby boy.

Murray, who is also married and a father to four kids, knows very well how it feels to be a parent and a pro tennis player at the same time. “I think he (Rafael Nadal) and his partner had their first kid a few days ago so it will be interesting to see whether that increases the motivation levels or whether he reduces the amount he is competing now, I don’t know,” Murray said, per Sportskeeda.

Murray on Nadal’s success in 2022

After playing just one tournament in the second part of the 2021 season, Nadal returned by winning this year’s Australian Open title. In the Australian Open final, Nadal staged a magnificent comeback to beat Daniil Medvedev in five sets.

“I think the Australian Open for him was an incredible event. Coming back from [injury], he hadn’t competed for quite a long time and the way he won the tournament. He had a lot of tough matches along the way, he could have lost a couple of them, really.

In the final he was down two sets, 3-2 and love-40 [in the third] and managed to turn that match around,” Murray said of Nadal’s Australian Open win. After winning the Australian Open, Nadal won a record 14th French Open title.

“The French Open was for me not so much of a surprise with the record he has there,” Murray noted. Since the French Open, Nadal hasn’t had any triumphs. Still, he has won four titles this year. Besides two Grand Slam titles, Nadal has also won the ATP 250 event in Melbourne and also made it all the way at the ATP 500 event in Acapulco. “He (Rafael Nadal) had an unbelievable year this year,” Murray concluded.

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