“Let people understand it well, the illusion is not to come back and win Roland‐Garros or the Australian Open. At this point in my life, it’s a long way away.”warned Rafael Nadal during his big interview on the television channel Movistar.
During a new video posted on his Instagram page, Patrick Mouratoglou comments on the Spaniard’s statements and thinks that he will return with the objective of winning the biggest titles, notably Roland‐Garros where he will aim for a 15th coronation.
“I understand that Rafa doesn’t want to feel pressure and that he wants people to think that he will come back next year to say goodbye, but that’s not like him. He will play hard. He will have enough time to train. Historically, he is a player who needs to play a lot. The real question is how injury-free he will be in 2024. If he’s pain-free and free to play next year, there’s no reason to think that he will not be dangerous/favorite for Roland‐Garros. Will he be ready to win the Australian Open? It will probably be too tight. He will want to see if he can win a Grand Slam or if he is far from it. If he is far from feeling capable of winning a Grand Slam, he will probably stop. I don’t think he’s playing just to be world number 20. »
The countdown is already on for Rafael Nadal, absent since January due to a psoas injury.
Published on Tuesday September 26, 2023 at 08:09
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