Davydenko: "Rafael Nadal made all in at the Roland Garros"

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Davydenko: "Rafael Nadal made all in at the Roland Garros"

During a long interview with CLAY, Nikolay Davydenko commented on Rafael Nadal's extraordinary first part of the season. Davydenko explained: "Usually, Rafael Nadal is more vulnerable in the first rounds of the Grand Slams.

The Spaniard needs some running-in matches to get to top form. It is incredible what he has managed to do this year. He put his health at risk with all those foot injections, but he didn't break the rules. Maybe he really believed he could be his last Roland Garros, so he moved all-in without paying much attention to the consequences."

The Russian boasts an excellent balance in the matches against Rafa: "I beat him every time we faced each other on hard courts, while on clay he always won. There are many matches against him that I remember with pleasure."

Nikolay also spoke of Roger Federer: "He has always been the most difficult opponent for me to face. I could not have control of the game against him and he was always better than me in the highlights of the match. It is no secret that I suffered mentally against him."

Rafael Nadal's season

Rafael Nadal has had to deal with many injuries during his long career. Still, no one expected to see him still competitive at 36. Never before has the Spanish champion won the first two Slams of the season.

The former world number 1 blew up the bank at the Australian Open, taking away the whim of coming back two sets behind Daniil Medvedev in the final. The pain in his foot undermined his approach to Roland Garros, with premature exits in Madrid and Rome, but the Iberian never gave up.

Thanks to a series of infiltrations and the help of Dr. Cotorro, the Manacor veteran raised his 14th trophy in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower. Rafa thus hoisted himself to 22 Majors, further stretching Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time ranking. The Majorcan is training hard to get ready for Wimbledon, where he hasn't won since 2010.