Tennis – Will Nadal be able to pull off this achievement?
Federer is the oldest number one in ATP Tour history because he held the position when he was 36 years and 10 months old. Yet, if he wins at US Open, Rafael Nadal can increase his chances of stealing this record from Federer.
Nevertheless, to achieve the feat, Rafael Nadal needs to be number one beginning with May 2023 because only then the Spaniard will be 36 years and 11 months old.
Will Rafael Nadal be able to triumph at US Open
With him being kicked out of Cincinnati in the first round, it’s unsure whether Nadal will be in the best shape to win a Grand Slam.
The Spaniard experienced an early Cincinnati loss after returning from an abdominal injury, leaving Ohio with no points. Rafa experienced a 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 loss to Borna Coric in two hours and 51 minutes for his second consecutive defeat at this event following the 2017 quarter-final.
Nadal, however, knew that he was going to have a hard time at Cincinnati. “At the beginning it will be complicated, but it is normal, we have to accept the difficulties. At these levels if you come back after a rather long period of time and an injury it is not always easy to find the rhythm.
The level is very high and I hope to be ready for Wednesday,” said Nadal. “Of course, it’s always nice to come back here. I still have a little problem with my abdomen, but I hope to be able to manage it. This is a fairly delicate area, especially when I am serving, because I carry all the weight there.
I’m trying to get to know my body more every day, including its limits. I can’t wait to play again because up to now 2022 has been a year full of satisfactions.”