No where near peak by a long long shot.Rafa's game still not at peak level yet but it's getting there.
He has 1 week off before Madrid and Rome. He can get his rest and more work in his game. He can win Madrid and Rome as he does not need to tank or hold back because he has 2 weeks off before RG. And RG, no more explanation so 3 wins, a possibility.If only it was that easy. He not 24 any more, Sir
-Extends ATP record of 18 straight years with a title
Plus he doesn't even need to improve, because if that Barcelona Final was held at Roland Garros there is no doubt in my mind Nadal would have won that 6-4 6-4 or better.That sounds reassuring. Like he knows this will give him the platform to build on
+ Canada (5-time Champ) + US Open (4-time Champ).Madrid + Rome + Rg. Easy 90 wins
Looking at it, it's almost double of what Borg has. Yessss!!!!
Truly insane record. I guess Novak and Fed cannot say the same about hardcourts vs Nadal.
Plus claycourt specialist Nadal has won more US Opens than hardcourt specialist Djokovic.Truly insane record. I guess Novak and Fed cannot say the same about hardcourts vs Nadal.
Nadal has to dominated his best surface more than they have dominated their best.
Well I will not get too ahead with Rafa, first want him to win Rg after that even if he wins one of remaining 2 it will be a bonus and make him sit comfortably at 22The problem for the tour is that Tsitsipas at his very best full of confidence 13 years younger could not beat a sluggish very average Rafa. Meanwhile Djokovic was getting beat by a far inferior player in his home tournament he was desperate to win given his brother runs it.
Thiem is struggling. Rublev struggled against a Rafa at 25 pct. Rafa not even 60 pct in Barcelona.
If he hits 90 pct in Paris which lets be honest is the time to do it and even there only from QF onwards he is not losing a set. And right now it looks to me if Rafa actually gets some form he could well win W and USO as it looks to me as if his best is leagues ahead of the rest. Including Djokovic who actually looks in decline his BHDTL seems a thing of the past.
Rafa needed some brutal matches. Rublev and Tsitsipas matches have been perfect
Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor
Rafa Nadal Sports Centre in Manacor
The RN Academy is part of the RN Sports Centre
Úbico Sports became the official travel agency and a sponsor of Rafa's academy. The company will manage all trips for the academy employees and students for the next five years.
Úbico Sports is part of World2Meet (W2M), a Spanish travel agency owned by Iberostar Group.
El Tendedero: La agencia corporativa de W2M se estrena en los viajes con la Academia Rafa Nadal: Y Barceló culpa a Francina ArmengolÚbico Sports se convierte también en patrocinador oficial de la academia fundada por el tenista mallorquín Rafa Nadal, por lo que “participaremos de forma activa en la promoción de la marca de la academia, añade Longarte.www.manacornoticias.com
Rafa's sister Maribel, Commercial and Marketing Director of his sports centre/academy, at the agreement singning ceremony:
The whole concept of GOAT doesn't make any sense. Because you are comparing players in different era.That's why no one can claim to be the GOAT based simply on number of slams and weeks at #1
Nadal is not a clay court specialist and Djokovic is not a hardcourt specialist.Plus claycourt specialist Nadal has won more US Opens than hardcourt specialist Djokovic.
And Nadal didn't even play the US Open in 2012, 2014 and 2020!
Who knows clay better than anyone else in the history of tennis? Nadal.Nadal is not a clay court specialist and Djokovic is not a hardcourt specialist.
We don't cherry pick slams on hardcourts. Across hardcourts, Novak and Fed have more than Nadal - just as Nadal has won more than them on clay.
Even if we remove all of Nadal's clay slams, he still has a hall of fame career outside clay.
That being said, I feel that Nadal has underperformed on grass. His 2 Wimbledons is not a reflection of his quality on grass. He should have won more Wimb titles, not least the 2018 title.