In a recent interview, the Spanish champion Rafael Nadal talked about the future of tennis once the Big 3 – him, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic – have retired. Nadal thinks: “In tennis, as in all sports, there has always been a generational change.
Big stars are replaced by young talent, who in turn become stars over time. It is a completely normal process. Our longevity has turned the tables a bit, but I am convinced that the tour will be in good hands after our retirement.”
The 22-time Grand Slam champion has always been appreciated for his ability to never give up: “The mind is one of the most important elements of all. Mental strength must be trained and I have worked hard with my uncle Toni since I was a child.
The maturity and the evolution of my career have helped to intensify this talent of mine.” Nadal won his first 20 games played in 2022, before breaking a rib during the Indian Wells Masters 1000.
Rafa is ready for Montreal
Meanwhile, Rafa has already resumed training after a small tear in his abs forced him to give up the Wimbledon semifinal.
Despite this setback and the end of the dream called ‘Calendar Grand Slam’, the Spaniard’s 2022 remains nothing short of exceptional. The former world number 1 won the Australian Open and the Roland Garros, reaffirming that he is an absolute legend of modern sport.
The 36-year-old from Manacor has hoisted himself to 22 Majors, stretching over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time ranking. The Serbian has shortened the gap by triumphing at Wimbledon for the seventh time in his career, but he will hardly be able to fly to the United States to compete in the US Open.
Rafa will therefore have a great chance in New York, where he hasn’t played since 2019. Before heading to the Big Apple for the last Grand Slam of the season, the Iberian will make a stop in Canada to play the Masters 1000 in Montreal.