- Rafael Nadal’s injury lay-off could be a ‘positive’ and a ‘bonus’ ahead of French Open | tennishead.net
Speaking to Eurosport ahead of the French Open, Chris Evert said “I think with his record this year, he’s lost one match so far.
“He had that streak of so many tournaments and so many wins, and he’s had a wonderful start to 2022. I think this injury is a hiccup. I think any time Rafa can rest and take time off, I think is a bonus, is a positive for him. What comes into effect is the years and years before. It’s not only what happened three or four weeks ago.
“He’s a myriad, or an abundance, of experience and confidence from years and years of pulling himself out of tough matches and being World number one. I don’t think the mental part will affect him,” she believes.
Watching from Oslo, Ruud couldn’t help but be stimulated by the effort from Nadal. The Spaniard, who missed five months of the 2021 season with a left foot injury, clinched a men’s record 21st Grand Slam singles title at age 35 by rallying from two sets down to edge Daniil Medvedev in five hours and 24 minutes.
“It’s inspiring. I think his whole career has been motivating for other fans, players, people who are watching him,” the frequent guest of the Rafa Nadal Academy shared from Buenos Aires, when we caught up later over Zoom. “If you met him in the street, you would have no idea that he had won 21 Grand Slams, because he’s very humble, and never gets ahead of himself. He always takes every match and every day seriously.”
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