Navigating Rafael Nadal’s Tennis Career in 2024: A Battle Against Luck and Rankings

Mutua Madrid Open 2024

Rafa Nadal is facing a new scenario in tennis and hopes to have luck on his side in each draw

The injuries caused Nadal’s ranking to drop, and he may find himself a favorite from the first round.

  • Nacho Atanes
  • Sports editor and youth player for OKDIARIO. Since 2016 covering tennis information. He also has basketball, football, cycling and other content.

Prepared for battle again, Rafael Nadal faces an unknown panorama in the 2024 seasonwhich aims to be the last of its career. The legendary Spanish tennis player, champion of 22 tournaments Grand Slam Among his many successes, he is ranked very low in the ranking ATP due to injuries, and therefore, he will be forced to play more games than usual in the tournaments he plays within his calendarwith the addition of an element that will have to be on your side to be victorious: the luck.

Chance will have to put Nadal in a good position in each tournament, since the layout of the competitions ATP organizes the tennis players by priority according to the ranking. Los seeds of each tournament are the highest ranked players in the ATP rankings and Rafa He will not be among them for many months, unless he achieves a major victory that would allow him a utopian escalation at this time.

He final frame In each event it contains the confrontations, both in the first round and the potential subsequent ones, for each tennis player, and Nadalwhich for many years had the vitola of head of series and the benefit that comes from having less powerful opponents, has now lost this protection and can only ‘pray’ not to have a complicated draw in tournaments like the Mutua Madrid Openhe Rome Masters 1000 or course, Roland Garros.

And it is that Nadal He could be drawn with any of the big favorites of a competition in the first round. Yes, yes, they have understood correctly. In Roland Garrosto mention the tournament that Rafa has marked in red on his calendar, the Balearic player could face Novak Djokovic, Carlos Alcaraz o Jannik Sinner even in the first round. Big words and a jug of cold water for your aspirations, should this event of historical overtones occur.

Rafa Nadal’s plan against chance

There is no need to anticipate events, but Nadal He is clear that his preparation for the tournaments must be pending the final draw and its draw, with chance being able to place him with a favorite at the first opportunity, second in a Masters 1000. Therefore, both in Count of Godó Trophy as currently in the Mutua Madrid OpenRafael has traveled to the facilities in good time, in search of exhaustive preparation that will allow him to be at the highest possible level at the start of the tournament.

In the Godó, Nadal He did not have much luck with the draw, since although his first round match was more or less affordable, against the Italian Flavio Cobolliin the second round awaited him Alex de Miñaurwho was the fourth seed in the ATP 500 in Barcelona and current nº 11 del ranking ATP. The Australian defeated Rafael Nadal in two sets (7-5, 6-1) and showed the path that the Spaniard must follow as part of his return from the bottom of the classification, after a year and a half of constant injuries.

The protected ranking that protects Nadal

Rafael Nadal is currently outside the 500 best tennis players in the world, according to the ATP classification, but aid from the circuit allows him to play the best tournaments in the world without an invitation -Wild Card– and without going through the previous phase. The Manacorí has, as a long-term injury, the protection of the ATP protected rankingwhich will allow him, in nine tournaments over nine months, to enter the final competition table with a classification that would correspond to an average of results before his serious injury.

In the case of Nadal It is 9th place, but this rmy protégé does not perform miracles nor does it convert someone who has fallen due to physical problems into head of seriesso Rafa He will have to row from the first rounds and wait for luck to make an appearance to help him in the draws of his next tournaments.

2024-04-22 06:15:56
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