Rafael Nadal is ready to continue his season after being away from the courts for almost two months. The Spaniard arrived in Paris on Wednesday and had two training sessions on Thursday with Quentin Halys and David Goffin. Nadal was happy to return to Paris, hoping for a h*t run next week and his fifth title of the season.
Rafa has not played singles matches since the US Open fourth-round loss to Frances Tiafoe. He has been battling an abdominal injury since Wimbledon, playing just five games after the All England Club and losing his stride. Nadal gave his best at the US Open, but it didn’t work out for him.
He returned home to Mallorca and welcomed his first child with his wife, Xisca. Rafa has been the second best player of 2022, behind Carlos Alcaraz, winning two majors and returning to the top-2 at 36 years old. Nadal was 0-20 at the start of the season before injuring his rib in Indian Wells.
He lost the final to Taylor Fritz and skipped Monte Carlo and Barcelona, his favorite events. The king of clay did not play well in Madrid and Rome after almost two months away from the courts, and foot pain bothered him again before Roland Garros.
Rafa needed injections before each match and survived all the obstacles to get the 22nd Major from him. Rafa reached the Wimbledon semi-final but was unable to fight Nick Kyrgios. The Spaniard revealed a seven-millimeter tear to his abdomen and left the tournament after an epic quarter-final victory against Taylor Fritz in five sets.
Nadal skipped the Canada Masters and suffered an early loss in Cincinnati to Borna Coric. Rafa couldn’t play at his best in New York, still feeling the pain and making an early exit against Frances Tiafoe despite giving his best.
Nadal had a great 2022
Pamela Maldonado shared her views on Rafael Nadal’s chances at the 2022 Paris Masters, one of his least successful tournaments historically. “Some of the cons for Paris are that he hasn’t played.
Paris is fast, that doesn’t bode well for Nadal. Here he has a 22-6 win-loss record, no titles,” Maldonado said. “He lost to Zverev in the 2020 semifinal, lost to Shapovalov in the 2019 semifinal. Those two names are already telling you that he struggles against these heavy hitters on this faster surface.
So I don’t expect him to have a deep run here with a lot of great players coming into this tournament,” she opined.