Nadal Has Won Multiple Titles For 18 Consecutive Years
Rafa moved to 10-0 on the 2022 season on Sunday with triumphs at the Melbourne Summer Set and the Australian Open. With those two trophies, he has earned at least two tour-level crowns in 18 consecutive seasons.
Overall, Nadal has lifted 90 tour-level titles in his storied career. The only men who have claimed more in the Open Era are Jimmy Connors (109), Federer (103) and Ivan Lendl (94).
What is greatness if not the sight of a 35-year-old outplaying and outlasting an uninjured opponent 10 years his junior, a mere four months after surgery and four weeks after respiratory illness? What is his legacy if not the painstaking, go-for-broke approach he has applied to every point, on every surface, of his 21 Grand Slam victories? What is radical if not the sustained, brute force of a game in direct contrast to the humble persona who wields it? Sunday’s victory was the culmination to twenty years of grunting and groaning his way through all manner of setbacks. Clay is the surface that made Nadal, but it’s fitting, in a way, that it was the hard courts of the Australian Open—his least successful surface—to finally anoint him as the game’s all-time great.
- Up Next for Rafael Nadal? His Specialty, the French Open | New York Times
“His tennis I.Q. is off the charts,” his coach, Carlos Moyá, told L’Équipe, the French
newspaper. “I don’t know if he’s the best player in the world, but he reads the game better than them all.”
When an increasingly weary Medvedev began trying to shorten points with drop shots and unusually risky tactics, the message was not lost on Nadal.
“I think that gave Rafa a lot of energy,’” Cahill said. “Just hang in there and keep pushing and pushing. You never know what’s going to happen.”
Well, we know now, and it was extraordinary.
- John McEnroe labels Rafael Nadal Australian Open win the ‘greatest comeback’ in 38 years | tennishead.net
“It’s (Nadal’s win) more monumental than [Stefanos] Tsitsipas being up two sets to love [in last year’s French Open], even though that was a huge moment for Novak to be able to come back and win the French Open for the second time.
“Considering everything that had gone on as far as Rafael Nadal, not playing for almost six months, having the surgery, then getting Covid and then everything that was going on with Novak because they were slated to play in the semi-finals.
“To see him do that the way he did, I would like to say that was the greatest comeback – at least since the guy who beat me in the  French Open (McEnroe Vs. Lendl, 3-6, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5, 7-5).”
- Daniil Medvedev Should Not Complain About Rafael Nadal Support In Australian Open Final, Says Aslan Karatsev | Eurosport
However, Karatsev says Medvedev should take it on the chin and accept Nadal is always going to be a crowd favourite wherever he plays.
“I think for me it’s pretty normal,” said Karatsev ahead of playing in Pune this week.
“Nadal has just made his comeback and didn’t play for almost half a year, of course fans will support him. He’s coming back from injury and the same thing happens if you play against Roger [Federer].
“So yeah I know it can be disturbing when fans try to distract you while serving and all, but I think sooner or later Daniil will realise that and move on. The same thing happened with me but you cannot do anything like telling the fans ‘come on you support me’, that would not make sense.”
Godall referred to Nadal as “Rafael Navidad”, translating Nadal, which means Christmas in Catalan, into the Spanish form of the word.
He wrote on Twitter on Monday: “Rafael Navidad has made me uncomfortable from day one. I have him in the same group as La Roja (the nickname for the Spanish national team), Real Madrid, (Fernando) Alonso and everything that represents the enemy state.”
Godall announced his resignation on Twitter on Wednesday. “The tweet with my opinion about a famous person and his profile can harm the Barca Foundation due to pressure from some companies and the media,” Godall wrote.
Social media related to Rafa: