Rafael Nadal took great satisfaction in 2022, despite the physical problems affecting his performance in the second half of the season. The Spanish champion won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, stretching over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time Grand Slam rankings.
The former world number 1 also played an excellent Wimbledon before a torn abs forced him to retire on the eve of the semifinal against Nick Kyrgios. The 36-year-old from Manacor showed up at the US Open in precarious conditions, so much so that he was unable to go beyond the round of 16.
The season ending was stingy with satisfactions for Rafa, who left the scene prematurely both at Paris-Bercy and at the ATP Finals in Turin. The 22-time Grand Slam champion has no intention of giving up and will take part in the inaugural United Cup.
The Majorcan will then travel to Melbourne, where he will be called upon to defend his title. At the launch of his new hotel chain, Nadal confided that he is doing everything possible to extend his career.
Rafael Nadal ready for the new season
Nadal explained: "I'm still a professional athlete and would like to stay on the circuit as long as possible.
I work hard every day to stay competitive at the highest level. When you start thinking about retirement, it means that day is getting closer and closer. I haven't gotten to that point yet. I still feel the right energy and want to move forward, but I am aware that the day of retirement will come sooner or later." Corentin Moutet recalled his first and only match against Rafa Nadal in a recent interview: "I am delighted to have faced Nadal in Paris, where he expressed the best tennis of his career.
It is perhaps the greatest challenge that exists in our sport. I am proud to have won several games this year and climbed the ladder. I had a lot of fun at Roland Garros, it was a good experience. I entered the field against Rafa to win, it's my job.
At the same time, I was happy to be there and enjoyed every moment. I have no regrets looking back on that match."