‘I Always Felt a Physical Downturn’ – Rafael Nadal Talks About Experiencing Fatigue Post Australian Open Win

Published 02/23/2022, 11:42 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 28, 2022 Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his semi final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini REUTERS/Morgan Sette

21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal is currently having a dream start to a year. The Spaniard is still unbeaten in 2022, as he won his first-round match at Acapulco. Historically, Rafa hardly experienced this kind of success at the start of a year. At the age of 35, this achievement from Rafa is truly remarkable.

In a recent interview, the Spaniard made an honest admission about winning the Australian Open. He also talked about his surprising physical condition after the Grand Slam.

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One of the greatest tennis players of all time, Rafael Nadal, is on top of the charts of Grand Slam titles, in terms of male tennis players. After winning the Australian Open in January, Rafa is back again in Acapulco showing tremendous form. At the press conference, the former World no.1 admitted about his age and winning the 21st Grand Slam title and many other things.

“From 20 to 21 there is not much difference. Life goes on exactly the same. The only thing that has changed is that I can play tennis, which a few months ago I couldn’t. I am very happy what happened in Australia, it was very unexpected,” Rafa stated (Google Translate).

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“In my life, nothing has changed. No title is going to change what is important in my life, which are other things. Now that I am 35 years old, I have many experiences behind me, of successes and bad moments, and these sensations already help me to live in a calmer and different way,” Rafa further stated.

Rafa is taking measured steps

Currently, Rafa is playing in Acapulco, which is his first tournament after the Australian Open. When asked about playing in the Mexican Open, he said, “I had to analyze how my body would respond, because historically, after Australia I always felt a physical downturn. This year was similar. I didn’t notice the physical drop right away, but it came a little later.”

“In terms of pain, my body was responding relatively well after what happened and that led me to make the decision to come. My start to the year has been infinitely better than I could have imagined,” Rafa said about the current status of his physical condition. 

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Notably, Rafa won his first match against Denis Kudla by 6-3,6-2 in the first round at the Mexican Open. He will face another American in the next round, Stefan Kozlov. Undoubtedly, this is a great opportunity for Nadal to win his fourth Mexican Open title.

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Debkinkar Maity

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Debkinkar Maity is a Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. His desire to become a sports journalist inspired him to take up a degree in journalism and mass communication, and he hasn't looked back ever since. Following the sport for over a decade now, Debkinkar has an ardent love for Roger Federer.

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