“The fact that Rafael Nadal lost was pretty crazy”, says expert
Novak Djokovic is the author of a season on the verge of perfection. The world number 1 has won three majors this year, beating as many members of the Next Gen in the final (Daniil Medvedev at the Australian Open, Stefanos Tsitsipas at Roland Garros and Matteo Berrettini at Wimbledon).
Had he won the US Open, the Serbian phenomenon would have become the second man of the Open era after Rod Laver to win all four Grand Slam tournaments in the same year. Tension and fatigue kept him from completing the job, giving credit to a Medvedev in a state of grace.
2021 saw Nole become the first man in the open era to win the Double Career Slam, while being the only player able to beat Rafael Nadal twice in Paris. The 34-year-old Belgian won the Roland Garros 2021 semi-final with a score of 3-6 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-2.
Invited in the last edition of the ‘Craig Shapiro Tennis Podcast’, Rennae Stubbs underlined the enormous importance of this victory in the economy of the season.
Stubbs on Rafael Nadal
“Rafael Nadal lost to Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros – it was, in my opinion, a real change of guard for really who the GOAT will end up being,” said Stubbs.
“The fact that Rafa lost was pretty crazy.” Stubbs even suggested that had the match been 3 sets it could have been considered the greatest game in the history of the sport. “The third set of this match is the biggest set I have ever seen in my life.
It wasn’t the best game ever, but it is definitely the best set ever, “said the Australian.” Maybe if we had had the best of three games it would have been the greatest game of all time. “With numerous injuries during his career, Nadal has always fought back.
In fact, the Spaniard returned to tennis after nearly five months in Abu Dhabi this month. He was recovering from an injury to his left foot. Despite not defending his title at Mubadala WTC, the Spaniard appeared ready for 2022.
Without a doubt, the whole world was eagerly awaiting the return of the 20-time Grand Slam champion on the tour next year. Although he has the virus and his symptoms are “unpleasant”, Rafael Nadal continues to train.
The former world number 1 trains with a pair of dumbbells in the image. In fact, he trains at his multi-million dollar home in Porto Cristo, a small town on his home island of Mallorca. “Return to physical form, step by step💪,” the Spaniard wrote next to the photo.