WATCH: Rafael Nadal shows his funny side | Australian Open 2022

World No. 5 Rafael Nadal says he was “completely destroyed” during his thrilling quarterfinal five-setter against Denis Shapovalov. Also, he adds that he is looking forward to two days off court.

“I am not 21 anymore, after these matches it is great to have two days off.

“For me it is everything to be able to play one more time in Rod Laver Arena in the semifinals.”


  1. You’re only as old as you think you are. And you are AMAZING… In character (first) and play (second). I’m just so thankful you were able to recover and win. I cried for ya! Now go get em in the Semi! Get that #21!!!

  2. Happy for you Rafa. Praying remain fit and healthy. Best of luck in your semifinal match. God bless you Rafa. Love. Mary Lynn

  3. & for us is indeed everything to be able to watch you play again in AO & hopefully be part of hour 21st celebration!πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸŽΎπŸ’ͺ❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀❀

  4. Rafa you are amazing well don congratulations πŸ”₯πŸ‘πŸ‘β€οΈπŸ’ͺπŸŽΎπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ’―πŸ₯°πŸŒŽ

  5. So glad he will get an extra day because after such a long time of no play and eight wins in Melbourne it’s good that he can relax a little bit. He is not 21 more – 21 is so close and so far away at the same time. Keep playing well Rafa!

  6. Just shows the person you are – as you say “Just so excited to be able to play another match” explains it all – well done!

  7. Congratulations Rafa on a fabulous win , VAMOS !!!
    Five sets in grueling heat against a a 22 year old , after a long injury break with physical and mental doubts , then COVID over Christmas and even less time to prepare and train.,
    This is a triumph against all the odds !
    But you are soooo special , with limitless love and passion for the game and great believe and spirit !
    What can us fans do but love and follow you – you are an inspiration to me β­οΈπŸŽ‡πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

  8. Oh Rafa well played and many congratulations and look forward to seeing you hold that trophy. Enjoy your few days off you deserve it. Take care and love from your greatest fan!!

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