‘I never thought Rafael Nadal’s career would be…’, says former star

A tournament that promises to be full of surprises or will the predictions of the eve be confirmed? After two American Master 1000 in which two tennis players out of the top 15 triumphed, the Us Open presents itself as the stage of redemption for the best of the ATP circuit.

There was no shortage of news in the diffusion of the 32 seeded of the two singles scoreboards, which will have as number one Daniil Medvedev (for the first time since 2004 the name is different from one of the Fab 4) and the dominatrix Iga Swiatek, not perfect in the competitions held so far on concrete.

Rafael Nadal will be at the start at the bottom of the grid, while Carlos Alcaraz is back in the top three and will have to manage this pressure, which is fatal in Canada but also in Cincinnati. Great surprise in the presence of Novak Djokovic, whose fate in this competition is not yet clear: the highest health authority must bring into force the new anti-Covid rules, which would allow the Serbian to play, in time.

With 5 next to his name, the Belgrade native could be a threat to the top four from the quarter-finals and round of 16 to Jannik Sinner, who will start in twelfth. The top seeds have also been defined as regards the female main draw: the outgoing champion Emma Raducanu out of a whisker from the top ten.

To counter the Polish, there will be Kontaveit, Sakkari and Badosa. Many surprises expected during the event.

Rafa Nadal won two Majors in 2022

Former World No. 7 Barbara Schett has shed light on Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s career longevity.

Speaking to Eurosport, Schett said, “We all know that the way Rafa plays is very physical and the way he moves, the way he chases the ball like no one else. And I think his willpower and his way of overcoming injuries and his pain threshold is so high that I never, I never thought his career would be so long.

But, yes, i mean: he proved me wrong once again and i think a lot of people did too. If you look at Roger Federer’s style of play compared to Rafa Nadal’s style of play, we always thought Roger was going to have a much longer career than Rafa Nadal, but that is not the case.

And that’s the beautiful thing of tennis, you can’t foresee anything,” she added. Rafael Nadal, the legendary Spanish tennis player, is one of the most admired athletes in the world.

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