During a recent interview, former Spanish player Jose Luis Arilla analyzed Rafael Nadal‘s chances of winning another Slam tournament. Arilla explained: “Rafael Nadal can win another Grand Slam at any time, but he has to arrive at the tournament in perfect physical condition.
He has to plan his calendar so that he can perform at his best in the most important tournaments. He has had a very long career, in which He has asked a lot of his physique. He has had to overcome several injuries and has feared several times that he will be close to retiring.
If he manages his calendar well, he has the mental strength and the talent to win another Major. Obviously Roland Garros is the tournament in which it has more chances to establish itself.” Recently, Carla Suarez Navarro spoke about the future of her illustrious countryman: “His career is winding down.
Physically he is no longer what he used to be, even if his mental strength still leaves us speechless.”
Despite some physical problems, Rafael Nadal still won two Grand Slam titles in 2022. The Spanish phenomenon triumphed at the Australian Open and Roland Garros, stretching over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time rankings of the Majors.
The former world number 1 tried to lift his third trophy at Wimbledon, but an abdominal tear forced him to retire on the eve of the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios. That injury also affected his approach to the US Open, where he was unable to go beyond the second round (beaten in four sets by the American Frances Tiafoe).
The 36-year-old from Manacor then traveled to London to greet his great rival Roger Federer, who played the last match of his legendary career at the Laver Cup. On Saturday 8 October, Rafa and Xisca gave birth to their first child.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion will play the Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy and the ATP Finals in Turin this last part of the season, before flying to South America for a series of performances.