Rafael Nadal produced another surprising chapter to add to his legend at Roland Garros, where he claimed another Grand Slam title, increasing his historic men’s singles record to 22 Majors. The Manecore-native returned to court this week at Mallorca Country Club, the venue for next week’s Mallorca Championships.
The first-place player in the Pepperstone ATP Race to Turin was back on the grass court to test himself after medical treatment on his leg in preparation for Wimbledon.
“I’m happy. I haven’t limped for a week and the development of training is progressing,” said the Spaniard. “The pain has been different from day to day and that’s progress. I’ll have to wait a bit. I intend to try to play Wimbledon and this week has told me there’s a chance.”
The Balearic Islander plans to travel to London on Monday to prepare for the third Grand Slam of the year.
“I had two treatment sessions, as planned. The progress at the moment, as I see it, is satisfactory,” he added about his medical treatment last week.
However, Nadal is being cautious, saying: “I am being prudent because I know that things change. At the moment, I am able to train in these five days. It is progress and it has given me the opportunity to return to Wimbledon after three years. I am so excited to have it. It’s a question of taking it day by day, but giving yourself a chance to compete.”
The Spaniard has not walked the lawns of Wimbledon since 2019, when he reached the semi-finals (l. to Roger Federer). “I haven’t played on grass for three years, you have to be patient with progress. Every day I have improved and I have a week of training in London before the tournament starts. I hope I can use it to be competitive.”
He also touched on the fact that he is riding a wave of momentum that will serve him perfectly for such a huge event. So far in 2022, he has a record of 30-3.
“It’s true that playing well at Roland Garros gives you confidence, but grass is a very hard surface. Any round is complicated. The start of the tournament will be important for me, because if you manage to move forward So later on the opponents get more difficult, but then you have more confidence because you have found your rhythm on the grass,” he explained.
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Despite Nadal’s caution, a broader perspective shows Spain faces a new challenge. After winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros this season, for the first time in his career, he is attempting to win the first three Grand Slams of the season.
“On the Men’s Tour, no one has had a Grand Slam since Rod Laver,” Nadal said. “Novak Djokovic came closest last year. It’s hard to contemplate if it’s done so rarely, even more so at the age of 36. ,