WATCH: Rafael Nadal Beats Former F1 Champion in a Whole New Game

Published 09/26/2021, 2:29 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 06: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates match point during his Men’s Singles semi-final match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy on day twelve of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)


Rafael Nadal is slowly recovering from his foot injury. After losing in the semi-finals of the French Open 2021, the Spaniard withdrew from Wimbledon, the US Open, and the rest of the 2021 season. In a recent video, the 20-time grand slam champion was seen having some fun with former professional F1 driver, Nico Rosberg.

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Rafael Nadal against Nico Rosberg in ping pong contest

The former F1 champion, Nico Rosberg, shared a video of him playing ping pong with Rafael Nadal. Rosberg, a huge tennis fan and a close friend of 20-time grand slam champion, Nadal, played a 5 point contest against the Spaniard, winning it 3-2.

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This contest took place in Monaco on Rafael Nadal’s yacht. The lack of winners in this match was apparent as both sides conceded points by hitting the ball long.

After the match ended, the F1 driver tweeted,Who’s next?  Definitely no lack of emotions there…no chance to hide my competitiveness.  It was a tight game!! Let’s play again soon, Rafa.” Surely, Nadal and Rosberg shared some special moments with each other. Given his win on the table, the latter may just be tempted to have a go at Nadal on the lawns.

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Rafael Nadal injury update

Recently, Toni Nadal, Rafael Nadal’s uncle, announced that the Spaniard, who is healing from his foot injury, is preparing to return at the Australian Open 2022. Rafael Nadal last triumphed at the Australian Open in the year 2009, beating Roger Federer in a prodigious five-set match.

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a shot during a match against Lloyd Harris of South Africa on Day 6 during the Citi Open at Rock Creek Tennis Center on August 5, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal’s last grand slam appearance was at French Open 2021. The World No. 1, Novak Djokovic, crushed the Spaniard in a thriller match at semi-finals of Roland Garros. Despite losing the opening set, Novak Djokovic dug deep and took the match away from Rafael Nadal. The final score recorded was 3-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-2 in the favor of World No. 1.

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Atri Bhatt

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Atri Bhatt is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is pursuing his Master's degree in Sports Management from Deakin University, Australia. In addition to critically analyzing the game, he also plays tennis professionally.

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