Rafael Nadal’s participation at the Happy Slam was an element of surprise for everyone. His fans and fellow tennis mates did not expect the player to return to the professional ground anytime soon keeping in mind his injury. But to everyone’s astonishment, the legend came to play and is one step away from conquering the tournament.
Ahead of Aussie Open, Rafa spent his time with his uncle, Tony Nadal, and cousin. During this time he had some talk with his uncle which he shared in the interview. Uncle Tony said that it was a surprise for him to watch Rafa at the Open as three days before his flight to Melbourne the player was in a dilemma that he is not ready for the tournament.
He said: “I’m surprised (by his form), because, I remember when three days before (leaving for Australia), Rafa called my youngest son to hit a few balls after being quarantined due to coronavirus. At nine o’clock, we went to train and during training, he said, “I don’t know if I’m going to go or not because at the moment I’m not in condition for the Australian Open.”
“He only had three days to get a flight. The following day, he perked up and said “Okay, come on, I’m going”. I think it was more the excitement of competing and returning to competition than believing in himself,” Uncle Toni said.
Rafael Nadal’s Australian Open 2022 performance at Glance
Nadal played the opening match of the Australian Open 2022 with Marcos Giron and beat him with a score of 6-1, 6-4, 6-2. He then steadily defeated every player in the other three rounds and raced to the quarter-finals where he won against Denis Shapovalov and then at the semifinals the player won the match by defeating Matteo Berrettini and saved himself a place at the final of the tournament.