Novak Djokovic must despair – Rafael Nadal can now win Grand Slams on one leg

2022 French Open - Day 15

Nadal celebrates his French Open triumph after beating Ruud (Image: Getty Images)

With Rafa Nadal constantly being questioned about his foot injury, the new French Open champion is openly speculating about how much time he has left and if he will be fit Wimbledon, one wonders what his opponents must be thinking.

Without proper medical intervention, how could he have won a 14th title in Paris or even the Australian Open final in straight sets in January?

His doctor clearly did a great job in Paris, injections into the nerve in his left foot meant Rafa had no feeling in that area so as the Spaniard revealed ‘the foot had fallen asleep’.

A dime for your thoughts Novak Djokovic, whose eyebrows must be raised at any hint that something is amiss with his great rival.

If last year it was all about the Serb not being able to hold a game in all four majors at the same time, this year’s men’s tennis is about Nadal’s attempt to win a calendar Grand Slam.

He’s won the first two legs and Wimbledon is three weeks away. I think he will play, although his first game on grass is at SW19 this summer. And despite the problems with his foot, you still wouldn’t bet against him taking that title as well as he’s pursuing more historical accomplishments.

He claimed his 22nd major on Sunday, putting him two ahead of Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Sport can become statistically overwhelming and producing facts will never replace good commentary. An attempt should be made to have a concise summary, a single line that paints a picture.

Nadal on his way to his 22nd Grand Slam triumph

Nadal on course for a 22nd Grand Slam triumph (Image: Getty)

As for the French Open with Rafa, it might just be one question – how can he have lost only three games on the red clay court of Roland Garros?

If he only played three times then fine, but he has played 17 times in the tournament.

He won it on debut in 2005 and went on to win the next three editions, including 2008 when he didn’t lose a set in his seven games.

In 2017, he managed the feat of beating four players in the top 21 in the world and never losing more than four games in a set. The lowest man he faced was No. 63, a very good player named Nikoloz Basilashvili in round three. Rafa gave him a match and that might have been a handout.

Only Djokovic has beaten him twice at the French Open, the other loss was in 2009. That was against Robin Söderling from Sweden who would lose to Federer in the final.

Rafa at the French Open is a near-safety in a global sport, richly rewarded and filled with hungry young things eating tuna and nuts and dedicating her life to excellence from the moment one of her parents shoved her onto a tennis court first Times.

Rafa passed from generation to generation and the last one to crack was Norwegian Casper Ruud. He only won six games and two of them were breaks of serve.

On the way to the title, Nadal naturally helped his shortened semi-final against Sascha Zverev, who had to give up in the second set. He twisted his ankle and injured his lateral tendons. His scream was instantaneous and we all knew that meant trouble.

And maybe there was also a cry of fear from the ATP office.
A French Open victory for Zverev was the only way
Daniil Medvedev could be denied world No. 1 after Wimbledon It is now a mathematical certainty that the Russian will top the rankings after a tournament he will not have competed in and even if Rafa Nadal wins his third Grand Slam championship in 2022.

This is because ranking points are not available at Wimbledon after the ATP decided it had to respond to the All England Club’s decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players. It’s a completely self-inflicted injury, it looks stubborn and I’m hoping for something to change by the time the tournament starts.

The WTA has a special star in Swiatek

Iga Swiatek has forgotten how to lose. Her last loss came on February 16 and since then she has won tournaments in Doha, Indian Wells, Miami, Stuttgart, Rome and now Paris, where she claimed her second French Open title with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Coco Gauff fetched.

That’s 35 games total, matching Venus Williams’ tally in 2000.
Swiatek stands out from everyone else and has become a hugely inspiring figure both off and off the pitch.

In her winning speech, she had the presence of mind to mention Poland’s neighbor Ukraine and how they will not be forgotten.

Poland has taken in millions of refugees and is vulnerable to Putin’s aggression in ways we may not always imagine.


Swiatek (right) with Gauff after the French Open final (Image: Getty Images)

Swiatek shows a high level of emotional intelligence with comments like these and their governing body, the WTA, which stripped Wimbledon of ranking points for the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players, should thank their lucky stars, who have such a bright star returns the head of the game.

And congratulations to Gauff, who started the French Open by celebrating her high school graduation at the foot of the Eiffel Tower and finished it as a Grand Slam finalist in both singles and doubles.

If she can master her forehand as well as her backhand then her first big win is close, and having an American superstar at the top of the table is never bad at the negotiating table when it comes to broadcasting rights.

Maur debate on equality in Paris

Tournament director Amelie Mauresmo was criticized for only scheduling a women’s game during the prime of the night.

Iga Swiatek was among those who were “disappointed” after Andy Murray’s former coach said: “They have appeal and appeal for the men’s games in general.”

Mauresmo pointed out that men’s games last longer, which reignites the debate about equal pay and the corresponding attractiveness of men’s and women’s games.

Want to see best of five women matches? Female athletes are certainly fit enough. Are some men’s matches boring because they’re too long?

And what is the best way to measure trading strength?
Here are two options. Check out the TV rights deals for each tour and compare the prices of legally tradable Wimbledon IOUs.

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