‘I Was Shocked’ – Paula Badosa Details How She Watched Rafael Nadal’s Victory at Australian Open 2022

Published 02/14/2022, 12:09 PM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 28, 2022. Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his semi final match against Italy’s Matteo Berrettini. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

World No.5 Rafael Nadal took the whole world by surprise when he won the Australian Open. What looked like an impossible task for Nadal, who had just recovered from a foot injury, created history by becoming the first man to win 21 Grand Slam events.  

Nadal received a colossal amount of warmth and love from around the globe for achieving this feat at a time when no one expected it. Recently, the fellow World No. 5 player and fellow Spaniard Paula Badosa recently revealed her admiration for Nadal. 

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Badosa has always been vocal about Nadal being her idol. She recently spoke about Nadal’s Australian Open win and how the “Big 3” are inspirations for everyone. 

Paula Badosa shows respect for her idol, Nadal

Paula Badosa is in Dubai, where she is set to make her debut at the WTA 500 Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships. Speaking to the media on the eve of the event, Paula opened up about Nadal’s victory in Melbourne Park.

She talked about her emotions when Nadal came back from 2 sets down to win the match. I was shocked after watching the match. I’m still shocked. It was amazing to see him win a match after losing the first two sets. It’s not really surprising because it’s Rafa, but he did it against the number two in the world. I have no words.”

Tennis – Australian Open – Men’s Singles Final – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 31, 2022 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the men’s singles final with trophy REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

She further emphasized the fact that Rafael is her idol and his importance in the sports world. Nadal is an inspiration to me. He is my idol. Seeing him do this gives me goosebumps. He is a very important person for our country and for the world of sport.”

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However, not the kind to choose sides between the “Big 3”, she talked about their great achievements. “I hope that neither Nadal, Federer, or Djokovic will retire from professional tennis. They are amazing,” she said. 

In an interview in late 2021, Badosa revealed that she used to shy away and hide in washrooms whenever she used to see Nadal comings towards her. However, she also accepted that now she has started getting used to his presence around her. 

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Both the players stand at the 5th spot in the world rankings. Paula Badosa will be next seen at the WTA 500 Dubai Open. On the other hand, Rafael Nadal is expected to play the ATP 500 Acapulco Open. 

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Ahmar Wasif

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Ahmar Wasif is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. He is a national level tennis player and has a number of titles to his name. His experience on the court allows him to incorporate a deeper understanding in his coverage of the sport.

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