Nadal’s challenges in 2022 that can further enlarge his legend

At 35 years old, the Spanish champion has had the best start of his career and his followers dream of a 2022 in which his enviable record will increase even more. The Balearic, who just a few months ago did not know if he could compete again due to the problems with his foot, has insisted in several appearances that you have to be cautious, but the start of the course makes it impossible not to get excited .

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The first revalidation for Nadal will be to maintain the title of tennis player with the most Grand Slams in his history. The conquest of Australia has put him at the top and his great rival, Novak Djokovicstill in full conflict with vaccination and barely playing tournamentswhich makes the Grand Slams in danger and even arrive in good condition if they can play them. Roger Federer, very punished by the injury in the right kneehas it even more complicated in a battle in which he is also the oldest.

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A short-term challenge is the Miami Masters 1,000, a tournament that he had to give up in 2021 due to back problems and that has never won despite having reached up to five finals. The good feelings and his unbeaten record in 2022 make it the right opportunity to be crowned in one of the few Masters 1,000 that resist him and that will start on March 21 after the completion of Indian Wells.

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Nor has it been never winner of the Masters Cup, tournament that, despite being very far away on the calendar, will bring together the eight best rackets of the year in November and that could be a very nice setting to close a year that promises great success and above all to round off his record. Precisely, these ATP Finals will be played after the Masters 1,000 in Paris, another of the conquests that the current champion of the Australian Open does not have.

The number one, a possibility that does not obsess Nadal

The overwhelming start of 2022 with three titles and the incredible streak of 15 wins and 0 losses has caused the rebirth of a current that sees Nadal at the top of the ATP ranking in the medium term, a circumstance that does not concern the man from Manacor for the moment, as he stated after winning in Acapulco: “That time is over for me. It would be a mistake to chase after him.”

If something has accustomed us Rafa in recent times it is to shorten its calendar to the maximum, something that does not help to settle at the top. But if he continues his path based on titles and good results, he could reach the top of the ranking without looking for it. So far he has climbed a rung and It is already the fourth in the world, with the possibility of adding points in the imminent American tour that will precede clay, the great specialty of the best player on this surface of all time.

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On the clay court tour, the man from Manacorí will not defend the title at Roland-Garros, a tournament that he will arrive at with the thorn in his side from the semifinal lost in 2021 against Djokovic and from which he could leave if he wins back with two Grand Slams ahead of him. maximum pursuer. Innumerable challenges and one clear thing: it is impossible not to get excited about Nadal.

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