22-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will be going for his 3rd major of the season at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships having earlier claimed the titles in the 2022 Australian Open and the 2022 French Open, both in an extraordinary manner. While he was well-rested and fully fit in Melbourne, the comeback he had to stage in what became the second-longest Australian Open finals was simply outstanding as he won his second title in Melbourne after 13 years since winning his first.
At the French Open, though historically, he looks untouched, he had to grind a lot in a top-heavy draw ailing his foot injury with it which he later revealed to be managed by taking painkilling injections that numbed his foot during the duration of the match. Despite the challenges, he won the finals to extend his lead to 22 majors in men’s tennis while levelling Steffi Graf‘s all-time record in the process as he lifted his 14th French Open title in his 18th tournament appearance.
“Rafael Nadal won Wimbledon twice. Why not a third?”: Prakash Amritraj
Tennis Channel’s presenter and a former Pro himself, Prakash Amritraj recently talked about the greatness of Rafa who is able to manage such a glorious career with multiple setbacks and went on to further say that whatever time Nadal is hereon spending on the court, it is truly special as the injury troubles that he has had over the past couple of seasons, many would have retired.
“These images of Rafa are something that puts a smile on everyone’s face. This guy is such an inspiration. He is still playing incredible tennis, 14th at Roland‐Garros, and to think that he can get a calendar Grand Slam this year at this age is absolutely amazing. We don’t know how many chances we’ll have to see him on the court. So now I think every time he steps onto the court it’s a real event. It’s very special that we can see him at Wimbledon.
“Hopefully the grass will be a bit softer for his foot with points that are a bit shorter. He’s one of the guys who has a massive amount of experience that not many people have. He is a very underrated volleyball player, he can serve and volley quite well, and he uses his backhand slice well. So maybe he’s someone not everyone sees as a favourite for Wimbledon, but who knows? He won the thing twice. Why not a third? He did everything that is impossible in this sport,” said Amritraj as reported by welovetennis.
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