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Rafael Nadal: ‘My world collapsed’

Rafael Nadal lived one of the best moments of his entire career at the Australian Open 2022. Presenting himself in Melbourne amidst a thousand uncertainties, the Spanish phenomenon created a memorable ride that left everyone speechless.

The former world number 1 reassembled Daniil Medvedev in the final two sets, undermining his opponent’s certainties just as the Russian seemed one step away from the finish line. The ‘Down Under’ triumph allowed the Majorcan to overtake Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings of the Majors.

The 35-year-old Iberian has also become the fourth man in history to have won all the Grand Slams at least twice. There is no doubt that Rafa benefited from Djokovic’s absence from Australia. The Serbian was unable to defend his title due to the well-known events.

Federer, for his part, hopes to return in the summer after having undergone yet another knee operation. During a recent interview with ‘Movistar Plus’, Nadal recalled the 2008 Wimbledon final against Roger Federer.

Rafa Nadal on the 2008 Wimbledon final
“The most difficult point of my career was during the final of Wimbledon 2008,” Rafael Nadal said.

“The hardest point that I can remember was the backhand passing Federer hit in the fourth set. To save match point, I had match point during the tiebreak,” he added. “I did a wide serve, his return was a slice in the middle of the court.

He put the ball where I could best hit it, mid-height, I can hit it with my drive.” But when Federer returned that forehand with an inch-perfect down-the-line backhand, saving the match point, Nadal felt as though his world had “collapsed”

“To me, winning the Wimbledon was my dream,” Nadal said. “The first time, after losing two finals, it was the greatest thing. When I hit that forehand I did something I never do… I thought ‘I just won Wimbledon’

I hit that forehand, *bam*, down-the-line pass. My world collapsed.” Rafael Nadal is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players in the history of the sport. The Spaniard won his 90th title at the Australian Open 2022.

Another addition to his long list of accolades came recently, as he finished second in a tournament. However, the event wasn’t in tennis; it was instead a golf tournament. Nadal has been a vivid golf follower for a long time.

The Former World No. 1 has often been spotted attending golf tournaments when not playing tennis. It’s not just a hobby either, as the Spaniard has recorded some respectable positions in the past as well.

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