Rafael Nadal has the potential to win Grand Slams like Roger Federer despite coming back from his injury believes Arthur Fils’ coach Sebastien Grosjean
The news of Nadal's comeback has found one optimistic partner in Grosjean.
Rafael Nadal and Sebastien Grosjean (Image via: Open Source/X)
Rafael Nadal is all set to make a comeback in January at the Brisbane International. The Spaniard was forced to stay out of the court for 350+ days owing to a hip injury. In a video, Rafa has informed his fans officially that he will be returning to action in January. The Australian Open will be the perfect stage for the Spaniard to announce his comeback.
Rafa’s fans have been over the moon after hearing the news of his return. The comeback of Rafa has found an optimistic pundit in Sebastien Grosjean. The former tennis player and coach said to L’Equipe,
I'm a fan of Rafa, I love the champion and the man, so I'm delighted, it's great that he's coming back. It's a good sign, it's good. I can't wait to see him again. We'll see how he recovers; we'll show him train. If he announced his return for Brisbane and Melbourne, it is because, on a physical level, he is there.Grosjean to L’Equipe (H/T: welovetennis.fr)
The former World No. 4 further added:
These champions, once they return to competition, they find the rhythm. Federer did it after Wimbledon (in 2016): the (knee) operation, six months of absence and, behind that, he won the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
After coming back from such a duration, it would be difficult for Rafa to gain momentum immediately. No doubt, he would be scratchy for the first few games. However, the Brisbane International would be a perfect training ground for Nadal where he would be able to gain some matches under his belt.
What’s next for Rafael Nadal in his career?
Nadal, who has 22 Grand Slam titles in his career, had the greatest number of titles when he got injured. However, after Novak Djokovic‘s fabulous 2023 season, he has extended the lead to Nadal by two. However, Nadal has sarcastically replied to one of the media houses that he won’t be able to compete with Nole after his return.
Nadal has stated in the media that he would like to compete in all four major Grand Slam events, and it might also be his last season in competitive tennis. However, the injuries that he has been nursing will take a heavy toll on his body.
But fans have seen Rafa play with pain before. The pain-bearing ability he has is beyond comparison.
The Spaniard will look to come back in the best shape possible. However, at the twilight of his career, he will look to enjoy himself on the court before he bids adieu to the game.
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