Speaking on Eurosport, former Swedish tennis player Mats Wilander expressed his concerns about the future of the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal. Wilander said: "I think we are gradually getting used to the fact that Rafael Nadal can no longer play as he did before.
He always tries, he gives his all on the pitch, but it is clear that he is not the player of the past. He went to Washington for a couple of matches and then flew to Canada, but the strategy didn't work. Obviously he is doing his best, but things are not going well at this stage.
He is getting old and his body has spent a great deal over all these years. He has to train hard to try and get competitive again. I'm really sad and worried, the day is getting closer and closer. It is useless to deny that it will be increasingly difficult for Rafa to win the Grand Slams, but we all know his extraordinary feeling with Roland Garros.
Until he hangs up his racket, he will always be the favorite in Paris. I believe that Nadal still has two years of career, despite having no idea what his level will be." In a recent conversation on the Tennis Channel, Prakash Amritraj, who played on the ATP tour from 2003 to 2012, analyzed the situation of Roger Federer and Rafa.
Amritraj said: "I don't think the two scenarios can be put on the same level. Roger Federer is a few years older and his injury is certainly more serious than Rafael Nadal's. Roger has been dealing with this knee problem for many months, so much so that he will have to undergo another surgery.
It is a more delicate situation. For Rafa there is the problem with his foot. I saw him up close in Washington, it was evident that he was bothering him. Despite the pain, he gave it his all to the end, he was as impressive as ever.
I think his injury is much more manageable. If Rafa manages to get back in shape and is motivated, no one can bet against him. We have Rafa, Roger and Novak all three at 20 Grand Slams. For their age, even one success could be enough to dig the furrow."
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have thrown fans from all over the world into despair by closing their season early. The Swiss phenomenon will undergo a new operation on his right knee, hoping to be able to return to the field in 2022 at least for a catwalk.
The former world number 1 has played just 13 matches this year, with a record of 9 wins and 4 losses. His best result were the quarterfinals achieved at Wimbledon, before giving in clearly to Hurkacz with a lot of bagels in the third set.
Nadal, on the other hand, won two titles in 2021, but a foot injury limited him for much of the year. The 35-year-old Spaniard failed to make it past the semifinal at Roland Garros and had to forgo both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.