- ‘I Saw the Real Rafa in Australia’ – Bjorn Borg Compares Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open Victory to 2021 French Open Loss | essentiallysports.com
However, he also pointed out the fact that Rafa didn’t look at his best at the Roland Garros last year. According to him, Rafa didn’t move the way he usually moves.
“I watched most of the matches from Australia at home in Stockholm. The best news for Nadal is that he has regained his mobility from before. When I watched him last year at Roland Garros, he didn’t move like that and that could be one of the reasons why he lost to Djokovic. What I don’t know is whether he was injured. I saw the real Rafa in Australia,” Borg said (Google Translate).
Speaking on the GOAT debate, the Swedish player said, “What I can say is that he is the favorite to win Roland Garros.”
- ‘Legends’ Nadal, Djokovic and Federer ‘still have something to offer,’ top analyst predicts | tennishead.net
Speaking at a Game4Padel event, Andrew Castle said “all credit to Daniil Medvedev [for becoming World number one], but I believe these legends of our game still have something to offer.
“Then Rafa turns up and reminds you what real glamour is with a five-hour final like that and a narrative you couldn’t have written. Who knows what Novak still has to say and if Roger can be a part of it.
“The only camera we were missing at the Australian Open was one on Novak’s face when Rafa made it to 21 [Grand Slams]. I’m sure he will want to come back and be part of that story again.”
- Rafael Nadal’s Novak Djokovic feat is ‘mind-blowing’ after ‘greatest start to a season’ | express.co.uk
Rafael Nadal’s ability to upset the odds and still perform at his current level is “mind-blowing”, according to former player turned analyst Prakash Amritraj.
“My favourite thing about Rafa is this: I have a vision board for people that inspire me, and Rafa is on there. Not because of what he has achieved, but because he is the kind of guy that whenever I see a picture of him, it just gives me that instant reminder to give a little bit more to whatever I am doing. Just to try that little bit harder.
“My second favourite thing about him is his attitude. I remember in 2019, when I was at the 2019 ATP Tour Finals, where he beat Daniil Medvedev in the round robin stage. He was down 5-1 in the third set. And he says, ‘The children shouldn’t be inspired by the fact that I won the match from 5-1 down. They should be inspired by the fact that when I was 5-1 down, I never threw my racquet. Or that I never got angry.’ And I’m like that’s it.”
Tennis fans remember the iconic scenes when ‘Fedal’ teamed up to play doubles together at the first edition of the Laver Cup. However, tickets were released on Monday for what could be the last time the pair are seen on the court together in a tournament. And the tennis world were quick to condemn organisers for the ‘ludicrous’ prices. Tickets for level 1G are going for more than $1,000. The most expensive are going for $5,500. Tennis fans were quick to slam the pricing, which has made attending the event unattainable for many.
Unfortunately, with Nadal at 35 years old and Federer at 40 years old, there is also no guarantee the pair will play considering the number of injuries they have suffered in the latter stage of their illustrious careers.
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