Rafael Nadal's 2021 season ended practically in the middle of the year, when the Mallorcan champion, winner for the tenth time at the Italian Open, was defeated by world number one Novak Djokovic in the Roland Garros semifinal.
Rafa actually returned to play in the following weeks in Washington, United States, but came out in the second game at the hands of South African Lloyd Harris. The defeat he suffered in Paris must have been very hard to digest for the twenty-time Grand Slam champion, who will now only return to compete in 2022.
Speaking during the Tres Iguales podcast, Toni Nadal said of his nephew: "When he was a kid I always wanted to make him a mix between Vilas and Connors. Making him a very intense player was essential, but also that he had some winning shots.
I spent many years working with him in such a way that he could shoot victories in any context and his ability to improve, especially with the backhand, was decisive. " Uncle Toni continued: "The truth is, when Rafa emerged, he could tell that Roger was going to be one of the best in history.
As for Novak, as soon as we saw him we realized that he was special. Speaking of Rafa, it was when he completed the Grand Slam at 24 that I realized he would fight to be the best in history. His progression has always been conditioned by a congenital foot injury, which he is now suffering from, so he deserves everything he has achieved.
In any case, he is still confident and I believe that he will overcome all of this once again. I am optimistic and my feeling is that 2022 can be a great season for him and that he still has two or three good years left, but as time goes on it gets more complicated."
MLB Regular Season: here are all the qualifiers for the World Series!
The MLB Regular Season 2021 has finally closed, and the main draw of the World Series is ready to go! The last place available for the World Series of the New York Yankees, which defeated the Tampa Bay Rays.
Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will face each other in the preliminary round of the American League which opens the World Series on 5 October. The winner of that match will challenge Tampa Bay in the semi-final of the Division.
On the other side, with St. Louis he will challenge the Los Angeles Dodgers, a match scheduled for Wednesday 6 October. The winner of that match will face the San Francisco Giants. Results: Seattle Martiners-Los Angeles Angels 3-7
Toronto Blue Jays-Baltimore Orioles 12-4
New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays 1-0
Pittsburgh Pirates-Cincinnati Reds 3-6
San Francisco Giants-San Diego Padres 11-4
Texas Rangers-Cleveland Indians 0-6
Washington Nationals-Boston Red Sox 5-7
Atlanta Braves-New York Mets 5-0
Louis Cardinals-Chicago Cubs 2-3
Arizona Diamondbacks-Colorado Rockies 5-4
Chicago White Sox-Detroit Tigers 2-5
Houston Astros-Oakland Athletics 7-6
Kansas City Royals-Minnesota Twins 3-7
Los Angeles Dodgers-Milwaukee Brewers 10-3
Miami Marlins-Philadelphia Phillies 5-4