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Rafael Nadal has been leading the ATP race for eight months. Rafa made it through the second half of last year with a foot injury, and came back stronger in early 2022. Nadal made a stunning comeback in the Australian Open final against Daniil Medvedev, trailing 6-2, 7-6, 3-2 and 40-0 before winning Five sets after five hours and 24 minutes.

In doing so, the Spaniard won his first Australian Open title in 13 years and moved to the top of the ATP career for the first time in a long time. Rafa beat the ATP 500 in Acapulco over Medvedev and Cameron Nouri, remained perfect in 2022 and moved to Indian Wells as the favourite.

Nadal sustained a rib fracture and was unable to do much against Taylor Fritz in the title match, losing for the first time this year, overtaking Monte Carlo and Barcelona. The Spaniard returned to Madrid and Rome and did not play his best tennis, suffering a foot injury and dark clouds gathering over his preparation for Roland Garros.

Like many other times, Nadal was a player to beat in Paris, receiving injections before every match and defeating seven opponents to claim his 22nd major title. He defeated Rafa Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Casper Rudd on his way to winning the 14th Roland Garros title, cementing his leadership in the ATP race and becoming the number one player.

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1 year. Nadal did not get any points in the Wimbledon semi-finals, leaving London with an abdominal injury that jeopardized his summer tour of tough court. Rafa overcame Montreal and suffered an early loss in Cincinnati to Borna Couric.

Rafa Nadal had a great season

A true monument in his country, Rafael Nadal was once again honored by the Spanish state and this time by King Felipe VI of Spain himself. The latter presented Rafa with the Camino Real award in recognition of his efforts, while declaring him to be a great ambassador for the country.

Moved by this honor, Nadal took the opportunity to send a fairly clear message about the rest of his career. “The year has been complicated. Beyond the injuries, also because of the family and personal news, which in this case is very good news.

This is why receiving a confession like this today makes me so much happier. I hope this award doesn’t make my career feel like it’s over. Far from it, or at least that’s not the intention. The intention is to continue carrying the name of Spain around the world while still being active and in competition.”

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