“It is a miracle that Nadal has won two Grand Slams this year”

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Rafa Nadal’s loss to Frances Tiafoe in the US Open Round of 16 It caught the world of tennis by surprise, which wasted no time in analyzing the keys to the match and what were the details that allowed Tiafoe to beat Nadal.

Speaking to Eurosport, seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander He believes that Nadal was affected by the fact that he had less competition rhythm. “It seemed that Rafa was a little slow or that he had difficulties reading Tiafoe’s game. When you watch Fognini or Tiafoe play, they both hit their forehand from behind with a quick short shot. You have to remember that Nadal hasn’t played enough tennis before the US Open.”

Wilander himself says that it is a miracle that Nadal has won two Grand Slams this year. “It is a miracle that Nadal has won two Grand Slams and reached the Wimbledon semi-finals this year. If you look at his year, with the regular season that he has had, he has won two Grand Slams. Is incredible. This was not expected, but I think the players know when Rafa is not at one hundred percent of his level”.

A similar opinion is shared by another tennis figure such as Álex Corretja, a Eurosport commentator at this US Open, who believes that Nadal lacked energy during the match. “I don’t think Rafa Nadal was at his best level physically. It was like he didn’t have the energy that he needs to hit the ball and set the pace. He was struggling, he was a little late on the ball and when you play someone like Tiafoe who hits really hard, that’s bad. I don’t know if he had a problem or if Tiafoe played too fast and wasn’t comfortable. I think the humidity at the beginning of the match put him in trouble, he was sweating a lot. He asked for medical time out but I think Rafa lacked energy today”.

Corretja also believes that Nadal will have a shorter schedule for the rest of the season. “In my opinion, Rafa needs to think about what he wants to do in the future because we are at the beginning of September and finishing as number one is important, but it is also important to save energy. I don’t think I’ll play more than two or three tournaments until the end of the year.”

Finally, like Wilander, Corretja believes that it is a miracle that Nadal has won two Grand Slams this year and assures that the Spaniard is the great icon of tennis. “For me it is a miracle that Rafa Nadal has been able to win in Australia and Roland Garros. What can we say? He is our icon, the best example of our sportand if he lost today it was because Frances played incredible and gave everything he had”.