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‘There was a maturity when Rafael Nadal was…’, says former ATP ace

Rafael Nadal’s 2022 has started in an incredible way and is proceeding very well. The Spanish champion was returning from a long foot injury but no one believed in such a path. Rafa has not only returned but is unbeaten in the first two months of the year where he won the Melbourne Summer Set, last weekend he won the ATP tournament in Acapulco and above all he took home the Australian Open 2022.

Thanks to this success, Rafa overtook his long-time rivals Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer and became the first male tennis player in history to reach 21 career slams. Rafa’s return to the field was impressive and the Majorcan’s victory over Russian Daniil Medvedev made a lot of noise in the final.

The new number one in the world was ahead two sets to zero and had had three chances for the break in the third set but as usual the Spaniard did not give up despite his age and took home an extraordinary victory. The Spaniard did not stop and his tennis, every race that passes, seems to improve.

There are certainly excellent scents in view of the American tournaments and above all of the season on clay, long awaited by the ‘King of Clay’ of tennis history. Many people talked about the deeds of the Spaniard, few believed in such a return, especially after the physical problems became more and more insistent.

Through his social channels, Patrick McEnroe, brother of the most famous tennis champion John, tweeted after the victory of the Spaniard in Acapulco, in the final with a double 6-4 over British Cameron Norrie, also among the fittest men of the moment.

Cash talks about Rafa Nadal
Right after Rafael Nadal defeated Richard Gasquet in the third round at Roland Garros in 2005, former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash wrote a moving column about him for Times Online. “I believe he induces more pre-match fear in opponents than any other player, Federer included,” Cash wrote.

“He has an imposing presence on the court and whereas Federer is almost as undemonstrative as Bjorn Borg used to be, Nadal believes in letting other player know how emphatically he feels they have been outplayed. Opponents are frightened of Rafael Nadal, but he seems to fear nothing.

He came bounding out like this was his big chance. Even four years ago, his game had so many astounding qualities,” Cash wrote. “The physique had not developed and he looked like a child, but there was a maturity when he was under pressure and he showed an intensity beyond his years on every shot.”

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