Rafael Nadal’s outing against Kevin Anderson last weekend, in the ongoing Australian Open, had risen a little bit of hope among his fans about his chances in the tournament.
The fans were starting to believe that the Spaniard, despite not having had the ideal preparation, could challenge the other top of players for the title. But, it wasn’t to be.
The 11-time Grand Slam Champion was absolutely ripped apart by Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic yesterday.
It was a straight set thrashing and it had more to do with Nadal’s fitness than his form. Read more »
Toni Nadal, the uncle and lifelong coach of Rafael Nadal has said that Swiss Maestro Roger Federer and not his 14 Grand Slam winner nephew is the greatest tennis player of all time.
The Swiss Master holds the record for most Grand Slam wins with 17 and he recently added that first Davis Cup win to his list of achievements which only lacks a singles gold medal in the Olympic Games.
Speaking to a Spanish radio station, Toni stated that he believes Federer is the best of all time, adding that the numbers say this much. He mentioned that alongside Rod Laver, the Swiss Master is the best player the modern game has seen.
Rafael Nadal has consistently come out on top against the world number two throughout both their illustrious careers, holding a 23-10 record over the 33 year old. But Federer hasn’t lost a Grand Slam final at the hands of the Spaniard since the Wimbledon 2007 final.
Toni added that for some reason, his nephew is not affected by Roger Federer and his game. But, one is only as good as the titles they win and the records show Federer has won 17 Grand Slam titles while Nadal has managed 14; Federer has been world number one for five years and Nadal for three; and therefore, Federer is the best.
He also added that current world number one Novak Djokovic might not have the numbers to match either of the two, but he is close to the level of both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Toni stated that he is a very good player, but he doesn’t know if he is better or worse than his nephew.
In terms of titles, both the players are far ahead of him but he has time on his side to come good.
Yesterday, in Barcelona, Rafael Nadal went through his appendix surgery which he should probably have gone through a month ago.
The Spaniard tried to play through the pain in a couple of tournaments, but, he suffered early losses and eventually, he had to make the call of withdrawing himself from the circuit till the end of the season.
His surgery is said to have been done quite successfully and in a couple of days’ time, he will be discharged from the hospital which he is currently in.
Nadal’s representative was quoted as saying, “The surgery was alright. Rafa is not feeling any sort of difficulty. He is quite comfortable. If nothing wrong happens in the next 36 hours, he would be at home the day after tomorrow.”
“He himself would also address the media once he is able to be out of bed.”
Nadal is hoping to make a comeback in the circuit at the start of next year. Qatar Open is the tournament which he is believed to be targeting.
Qatar Open will take place in Doha in the first week of January 2015.
Nadal was pretty calm ahead of the surgery. He even posted a short message on a social networking site thanking the people who were concerned about his health.
That message read, “Many thanks to you guys for showing your concern. All set to go to the surgery room.”
This is not such a major surgery. So, recovering from it should not be that hard for Nadal. According to the doctors, towards the end of this month, he might start to run a little bit and also have a few hits on the court.
Nadal is no. 3 in the world rankings at this point of time.