- Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and the hunt for a graceful and glorious exit | The Athletic
Nadal said this year that he wants to play all of his favorite tournaments in 2024, one lasttime, to show his gratitude for all the sport has given him. Recent history suggests that couldbe a struggle.
His chronic foot injury caused him to miss the second half of 2021. Injuries to his foot, ribsand abdominal muscles limited his play in the second half of last year. The injury in Australialed Nadal to have arthroscopic surgery on his hip flexor and labrum in June, a procedure hisdoctors at the time predicted would take five months to recover from.
Nadal and Murray have won so much for so long. Their main opponent now though — theageing process — remains undefeated.
- Rafael Nadal sends message of support to Carlos Alcaraz ahead of ATP Finals debut | sportskeeda.com
In a video posted on Instagram on Wednesday, November 8, Alcaraz expressed his admiration and gratitude for the 22-time Grand Slam champion. He also revealed his ambition to be one of the best tennis players in history, and to follow in the footsteps of his idol.
“I want to be one of the best tennis players in history. To be on the same table as the legend, Rafa. Rafa was my hero when I was young when I started playing tennis. Towards his matches, finals, lifting the best trophies in the world, I felt, for me, Rafa was my hero growing up,” Alcaraz said.
Nadal, currently ranked No. 244 after a long injury layoff, commented on the post, wishing him good luck for the year-end finals, where Alcaraz will be the second seed and the favorite to win his seventh title of the season.
“Big hug and good luck in Turin 💪🏻🙌,” the Spaniard wrote.
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