Rafael Nadal: "Djokovic can win more Slams than me and Roger Federer"

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Rafael Nadal: "Djokovic can win more Slams than me and Roger Federer"

Rafael Nadal is finally back on the court after several months off. The Spanish champion came back from a very troubled season, in which physical problems prevented him from playing as much as he would have liked. Suffice it to say that the 35-year-old Mallorcan played just seven official tournaments in 2021, while still managing to put a couple of trophies on his beloved clay court.

Pain in his foot and a Novak Djokovic in a state of grace prevented him from winning his 14th Roland Garros. Due to a chronic foot injury, the former world number 1 was forced to miss Wimbledon, the Tokyo Olympics and the US Open.

If there are no further setbacks, the 20-time Grand Slam champion will participate in the Melbourne ATP 250 (which starts on January 4th). His hope is to present himself in good shape at the Australian Open 2022, where he will try to repeat his only triumph dating back to 2009.

Speaking to the media during the Abu Dhabi exhibition, Rafa admitted that it will not be easy to return to the top. levels. Nadal said: "It will be very difficult for me to get back to the top. If things go well, I will only play one tournament before the Australian Open.

The amount of hours on the pitch will be very small in view of a tournament as demanding as the Australian Open. I hope to stay healthy, it is the key to being able to move forward. I still want to get involved and fight for my goals."

Nadal also talked about Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic: "I understand that the conversation about the number of Grand Slam titles is always alive, but our situations are very different. Roger and I have been standing still for quite a long time.

Djokovic played very well in 2021 and is still at the top of the ATP rankings. Federer and I have more or less the same chances of winning other Grand Slams, while Novak's chances are much higher."

Here are the best tournaments of the 2021 ATP season

ATP awarded the tournaments organized during the 2021 season.

The tennis players of the ATP Tour were asked to vote for their favorite competitions during the year, choosing one event per category (ATP Masters 1000, 500 and 250). The result of the total survey was disclosed in the past few hours and the events that most affected the athletes were discovered, based on the organization, reception and other important factors.

The pause between one year and another is always an interesting moment for tennis, certainly seen from another point of view: in this phase it is time for individual balances for the individual players, for the ATP instead almost the task of highlight the best performances of tennis players and give due credit to the most fascinating competitions that have taken place over the last few months.

As for the ATP Masters 1000, Indian Wells won the prize: after skipping 2020, the Californian event is back on the tour in great shape and could not fail to remain etched in the minds of tennis players. Almost considered a fifth Grand Slam in a number of respects, the tournament reconfirmed and won this award for the seventh time.

The 2021 edition held many surprises, given that in the final the English and then winner Cameron Norrie and the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili faced each other. In the ATP 500 it was Austria who prevailed with the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, which was lucky enough to host many top 20: on that occasion the talented Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner showed all their talent, pushing until the semifinals.

However, Sascha Zverev triumphed, regulating the American Tiafoe in the final act. The last winner was the ATP 250 in Doha in Qatar, not new since it is the fourth time to be chosen by the athletes. This year it was Basilashvili who won, beating Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the final.