Talk about Rafael Nadal is to do it best spanish athlete of all times. His extensive sporting history speaks for itself and, to this day, continues to show that his greatness goes far beyond the tennis court. But what happened in Madrid has made him think about his current situation, because he verified in his own skin the gale in which it has become Carlos Alcaraz and made him reflect aloud on his age and the great fear what’s on track.

Nadal fell in the quarterfinals in Madrid against Alcaraz, a tournament he reached after a month and a half without competing due to a broken rib. But the defeat suffered in the Caja Mágica should not hide the great season that the Balearic is signing: so far, in 2022 has already won three titles (Melbourne, Acapulco and the Australian Open), a year in which he has won 22 matches and has only lost twoMadrid and the Indian Wells final against Taylor Fritz.

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Now, Nadal arrives in Rome with the intention of keep picking up the pace facing the great goal of the season, achieve his 14th title at Roland Garros, a company that is not easy, but for which he is totally focused. Therefore, the mission is clear: improve your competitive level on the track while continuing to increase the pace of training to find your best physical point. Nadal knows that he has a lot of tennis, but that your body is essential to be competitive.

And that, precisely, is Nadal’s great fear: not having the tools to face a rival on the track. For this reason, he knows that, on the verge of turning 36, he must take more care than ever of his set-up, something essential to be able to play tennis as only he knows how: never give up a ball for lost, fight until the last breath and become on a wall on the other side of the net. But if it comes after many days of inactivity, recovering the rhythm is not something simple.

My body is like an old car, it needs time to restart. I am almost 36 years old, I am no longer 19, so it always takes time to recover, but I am happy to be in Rome, a place that I love and where I have so many incredible memories,” Nadal explained in the Rome preview. Convinced of being able to play a good role in Italy, but he is also aware that he needs to be fine physically to continue fighting.

Nadal in the Australian Open final.

In fact, it was Nadal himself who assured that he knows that this point of physical excellence that he has is essential not only to play, but also for him to be happy on the court. He has already confessed on several occasions that he needs to look good in order to fight for everything and that, the moment you stop feeling like you can fight one on one with any other player, it will be time to say goodbye. But she had never expressed it as clearly as he has in Rome.

“I still feel competitive when I’m healthy. It’s obvious that when you’re my age and you start having more problems than you can handle, it’s pretty tough. Physical aches, pains… that’s something you can handle. The problem is when you start to feel that all this does not allow you to be competitive enough to fight for what keeps you alive.. If that happens, then it’s a different conversation and it will be decision time,” he said.

Meanwhile, Nadal is already preparing his “old car” to continue in Rome with the good numbers he is posting this season and, why not, start dreaming of doing something big at Roland Garros. For now, it can boast of being the player with the best streak of the season and the only one to have lifted a Grand Slam, which has served to be the largest in history. And he continues to teach humility wherever he goes. For this reason, Nadal is the best Spanish athlete of all time.

Talk about Rafael Nadal is to do it best spanish athlete of all times. His extensive sporting history speaks for itself and, to this day, continues to show that his greatness goes far beyond the tennis court. But what happened in Madrid has made him think about his current situation, because he verified in his own skin the gale in which it has become Carlos Alcaraz and made him reflect aloud on his age and the great fear what’s on track.

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