Rafael Nadal will participate in the ATP 500 in Barcelona. The ruler of this start of the season has also decided to take part in the home tournament and the announcement came directly from the organizers of the Spanish tournament on social media.
The 21-time slam champion is reigning champion of the Barcelona tournament, which has become his home over the years, given the 12 titles won and the 66 victories out of 70 obtained in previous editions (only Corretja, Almagro, Fognini and Corretja again were able to to stop the Majorcan's race in the Spanish tournament) and will also be committed to defending the title of defending champion in 2022.
The ATP 500 in Barcelona will kick off on April 16 with qualifiers and end on April 24. And the presence of this Nadal in the final on Sunday 24th is anything but impossible. The 35-year-old Spaniard started the season splendid once more with all the skeptics who spoke of the waning phase of Nadal's career.
After a 2021 without slam titles and the many injuries, including Covid, which had removed the Spanish tennis player from the fields in the last part of the previous season and made us think that he would not return to the same levels, Nadal has started 2022 with a series of successes consecutive incredible, topped off by the prestigious triumphs at the 250 tournament in Melbourne at the beginning of the year, at the Australian Open in the epic final comeback against Daniil Medvedev down by two sets and in the ATP 500 in Acapulco against Norrie.
The Majorcan tennis player is still undefeated in 2022, having obtained 16 successes on as many matches that have earned him, as mentioned, 3 tournaments. The conquest of the first slam of the year in Australia also allowed him to reach 21 career slams and remove a title from Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.
The state of exceptional form demonstrated in the latest outings and the simultaneous absence of Djokovic (for his decision not to get vaccinated) and Federer (for the physical problems that have tormented him for a year now) from the next slam tournaments could allow the Manacor champion to extend his streak again.
Luthi said Roger Federer will fail to be at Wimbledon 2022
At the moment, however, it is not yet certain whether Roger Federer will be able to play a game in this new year.
One of his coaches Severin Luthi spoke to Tages Anzeiger giving a brief update especially on the physical condition of the twenty-time slam winner: "Roger is still undergoing rehabilitation. Even though he is not training with the racket and ball yet, he is toning the muscles.
He is working out in the gym. He is not only strengthening his knee or leg muscles, but his whole body as well. He is working on a conditioning program. At the moment, I don't imagine him present at Wimbledon. I won't be saying it's impossible, but I can't imagine him there at the moment."
Roger returned to the field last season for a short period, but still had to deal with the knee, realizing that he could not compete at the highest level despite the fourth round at Roland Garros and the quarterfinals. final in Wimbledon.
The pain, in fact, forced him to undergo surgery again. This time around, he's trying to take things cautiously and won't force a new return. Luthi believes Roger will not be present at Wimbledon In the coming weeks, Federer plans to start training with his wife Mirka.
In this way, he will begin to find the feeling with the racket and from the sensations that he will get, he will take the next step, which is to undergo the training of Pierre Paganini, which requires a little more to his knee and body.
A few weeks ago, together with Rafael Nadal with a joint post on Instagram, he had formalized his presence for the double at the Laver Cup which will be held from 23 to 25 September at the O2 Arena in London. There is a serious possibility that that could be the only time we will see him in action in 2022.