- ‘He has written history’ – Stan Wawrinka says Rafael Nadal is incomparable after ‘exceptional’ Australian Open triumph | Eurosport
Speaking on L’Equipe’s Air Open podcast, the Swiss star said: “Whatever happens we cannot compare Nadal with other tennis players, that’s for sure.
“Nadal has been out for four, five or six months almost every two years of his career, and whether the injuries were serious or not, he always managed to come back.
“And once again at this stage and level, with the difficult last year that he had, of course, it’s exceptional, just like all his career.
“Sometimes, I feel, tennis is all written in advance. Before Australian Open I was talking to my coach, Dani [Vallverdu] and we discussed that Nadal will win Australian Open, because everything is written.”
- “The first memory I have from tennis is watching Rafael Nadal on TV, when he won the French Open for the first time” – Casper Ruud | sportskeeda.com
“The first memory I have from tennis is watching Rafael Nadal on TV, when he won the French Open for the first time,” Ruud said. “I remember thinking, I want to be playing on the big stage one day. That’s where the first motivation came.”
Nadal averaged right at 4.2 shots per rally to the final, but a bruising five-set epic against Daniil Medvedev yielded an average rally length of 5.6 shots in the final. Nadal’s match with the shortest average rally length was 3.1 shots per point against Denis Shapovalov in the quarter-finals. Average rally length data is only collected on the main show courts at the Australian Open, with 78 men’s matches and 84 women’s matches included in the data set.
Nadal has consistently averaged 4.4 shots per rally in Melbourne for the last three seasons and was below that at 3.9 shots in 2018 and 2019.
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