‘Rafael Nadal always takes every game and every day seriously,’ says ace
Rafael Nadal bounced back in spectacular fashion in 2016 to win three straight titles without dropping a set. Dominic Thiem ended Nadal’s streak in the 2019 semi-finals, winning 6-4 6-4 in just over two hours to deny the Spaniard the 12th home trophy.
Barcelona shut down in 2020 due to the pandemic, and Nadal returned to the court that bears his name last April. After a slow start against Ilya Ivashka and Kei Nishikori, Rafa knocked out Cameron Norrie and Pablo Carreno Busta to advance to Barcelona’s 12th final.
In one of the most exciting matches of the season, Nadal beat Monte Carlo champion Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4 6-7 7-5 in three hours and 37 minutes. It was the best of three ATP finals since the ATP Tour was founded in 1990, and the home favorite saved a match point in game ten of the third set to be perfect in the Barcelona final.
Rafa defended ten of his 12 break chances and produced four breaks to secure the first title of the season. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud, Cameron Norrie, Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner will be the top seeds in Barcelona.
Rafa overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic
World number 7 Casper Ruud has hailed Rafael Nadal for his humility despite the Spaniard’s outstanding achievements on the pitch. Nadal recently won the 2022 Australian Open to take his Grand Slam tally to a record 21 titles.
“It’s inspiring. I think his whole career has been motivating for other fans, players, people who watch him.” Talking about the Spaniard’s humility, Ruud says Nadal doesn’t flaunt his success on the pitch.
He added that the world number 4 continues to take every match seriously, despite winning almost 1050 singles matches on tour. “If you met him on the street, you would have no idea that he has won 21 Grand Slams because he is very humble and never surpasses himself,” Ruud said.
“He always takes every game and every day seriously.” The winner of 21 Grand Slam titles, Rafael Nadal, has conquered this year 2022, with the number of titles he has won so far. After winning the Australian Open, he overtook Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in terms of the number of Grand Slam titles.
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