June 5, 2022
Nadal is the name that must now be spoken when we speak about the greatest player of all time.
Yes, Rafael Nadal has put daylight between himself and his fellow giants, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
He defeated Casper Ruud 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 and only looked troubled once.
Ruud broke to lead 3-1 in the second. But Rafa quickly crushed the comeback with five successive games.
At that point the underdog realised that Nadal is simply irresistible in this mood. The rest was a formality as Rafa took six more games without reply.
Now Nadal is setting his sights on Wimbledon 2022 and yet another Grand Slam triumph!
He will need to look after his aching body first. But Rafa desperately wants to star at the All England Club.
He explained: ‘I am going to be at Wimbledon if my body is ready to be at Wimbledon. Wimbledon is not a tournament I want to miss.
‘Wimbledon is a priority and always has been a priority. If I’m able to play with anti-inflammatories, I will be there.
‘Let’s see. I am always a positive guy and always expect things to go the right way. Let’s be confident. Let’s be positive and see what’s going on.’
Novak Djokovic is now under big pressure to win Wimbledon 2022 in order to stay in touch with Nadal in the race to become the greatest of all time.
As things stand, Nadal is above the rest. Novak, like Roger, is currently two majors behind Rafa on 20 Grand Slams.
The historic battle between Nadal and Djokovic this summer could provide a delicious plot twist at Wimbledon 2022.
And this year’s Championships are already going to be unique.
Don’t forget, Wimbledon 2022 is Centenary Year on Centre Court.
That makes it a very special year indeed to witness all the dramatic action in London.
Meanwhile back in Paris the Brits were celebrating success in the Wheelchair Doubles.
Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid claimed their tenth Grand Slam title in a row with a thrilling 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5) win over Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda of Japan.
‘It was probably some of the best wheelchair tennis we could have put on today,’ Hewett commented.
‘Now I’m looking forward to the grass-court season ahead.’
Andy Murray and Emma Raducanu will be looking forward to Wimbledon 2022 just as much.
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