Rafael Nadal had a tremendous run in 2022, arguably the best in his career. He began the year with lots of doubts over his form and he started the year with a bang, winning Melbourne Open and the Australian Open 2022. He continued the momentum to win the Mexico Open and then made a final appearance at Indian Wells. After starting the year in such a dominant fashion, he was again sidelined with injury.
He entered the French Open 2022 without a lot of practice on clay and he went on to win his 24th title and his 22nd Grand Slam in Paris, defeating Djokovic the named favorite along the way. Rafa’s achievements till French Open itself have been really commendable. His coach Carlos Moya, a former world number praised his ward saying, “Even if you’re not a fan of Rafa, who likes Djokovic or Federer more, it’s hard not to admire what he’s achieving, “I’m not a Real Madrid fan but I totally admire how he has won this last Champions League, they are feats that go beyond taste, this is the beauty of sport.”
Carlos Moya says being with Nadal was a unique experience.
Moya talked about the significance of Nadal’s Grand Slam victories in 2022. He said: “If you saw the day-to-day, everything that happened in the last month, you would value it much more, “I know that people value it, but it would be valued even more. It’s not that I’m surprised because I have maximum confidence in Nadal, but it’s true that if you stop to think that he’s won 14 Roland Garros, with everything he’s had, it’s hard not to admire him.”
“Despite all that I have lived with him, this was a unique experience, although what I experienced at the Australian Open five months ago was also quite unique. Nadal has never had such an unusual clay tour. All of this is what has made this Roland Garros so special.”
Moya is talking about the mutual admiration and the respect that fans should have for their achievements. Nadal is playing the Wimbledon 2022, and he is chasing the Calender Grand Slam for the first time in his career.
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