Rafael Nadal Has ‘2 or 3 Very Good Years Left’ Says Former Spanish Davis Cup Captain

Published 09/20/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
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)


In recent times, things have not gone according to the wishes of Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard has been dealing with injuries right from the French Open this season, especially a foot injury. However, this has been a problem he has been dealing with all throughout his career. 

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Recently, former Olympic silver medalist, Jordi Arrese, reflected on his compatriot Rafael Nadal and his injury. Over the years, we have witnessed the 13-time Roland Garros champion bounce back from injuries and gone on to win the biggest honors in this sport. 

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 05: Rafael Nadal of Spain returns 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)

The 57-year-old stated, “Achieving what Rafa has achieved is practically impossible. We will see if someone surpasses it.” He continued, “If Rafa recovers, he still has two or three very good years left because he has too good a level and is a mental predator,” stressed the Spaniard.

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Rafael Nadal didn’t go the distance in Paris 

Reflecting on Nadal’s season, he landed in Adelaide and was part of the exhibition event out there. Soon after, he landed in Melbourne and came as far as the quarterfinal at the Australian Open. He lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas, who fought back from being two sets down to claim the next three sets. 

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PARIS, FRANCE June 11. Rafael Nadal of Spain acknowledges the fans as he leaves the court after his loss to Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Court Philippe-Chatrier during the semi finals of the singles competition at the 2021 French Open Tennis Tournament at Roland Garros on June 11th 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images)

At the French Open, there were high hopes as usual. However, Novak Djokovic had other plans and dethroned Rafa in the semifinal. Following that, Rafa skipped the Wimbledon Championships and the Tokyo Olympics.

He went and competed in Washington but lost in the early stages. He then flew back home to work on his injury and soon ended the season as he needed to treat his injury. We hope to see him compete as soon as possible. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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