The usage of the word “fitness” in a sentence involving the name of Rafael Nadal is a bit too familiar for tennis fanatics, considering how the Spaniard is always in the news, not only for his magnificent performances but injury scares as well. Nadal, recently, fell prey to another injury that has kept him out of the tennis court for quite a few months. Regardless of how he might be ranked number one in the sport, in spite of not having hit a ball in months, it is a fact that Nadal’s career is going downhill.
Bearing all of this in mind, the fact that Rafael Nadal will be headlining a video game should not be a surprise for anyone, considering how he is still one of the most beloved icons of the game. However, the question arises: would the current “world number one” not prolong his career by focusing more on his fitness on the “real” tennis court, rather than choosing to headline video games? Nadal is 31 years old, and if he is to challenge Roger Federer’s tally of Grand Slam titles, he is going to have to get a hold of his fitness…fast!
While Nadal will always be fully fit in the video game, it is a fact that the feat won’t be repeatable in the world that matters, especially when you consider how the player is unable to go even a few months without catching a niggle, here or there. Taking this into perspective, it has to be said that Nadal should quit worrying about being remembered because of a video game and get running on the path of ensuring that he is remembered as the player with the most Grand Slam title. All he needs to do is take a page from the book of his biggest adversary: Roger Federer!
We all know Novak Djokovic for the feats he pulls off on the tennis court, right? I mean, who could forget the 2012 Australian Open Final, which lasted for almost six hours, before an exhausted Djokovic emerged victorious. Regardless of how phenomenal that match between Nadal and Djokovic might have been, it’s a surprise that Djokovic is using it to justify his injury stricken 2017.
In a recent tweet, Novak Djokovic blamed that final for the fact that he and Nadal are in need of rehabilitation after the injuries that they suffered in 2017. Not only that, he went on to comment on how Roger Federer now has a chance to usurp the title of number one tennis player in the world, all because Nadal had to go through that fateful match back in 2012.It’s a surprise that Djokovic claims that the match had lasting impacts on him and Nadal, especially when you consider how much younger the two tennis stars were back in 2012.
To claim that the only reason why Federer—one of the greatest of all time—has got a chance of becoming number one again is Nadal’s injury, would be absolutely preposterous. Federer is 36 now and still less prone to injury than Nadal and Djokovic, who are supposedly in their prime. Both Djokovic and Nadal need to take lessons on fitness from Roger Federer, instead of moping about how a match has had lasting impact on them. It’s a fact that only the fittest survive!
When you speak of Rafael Nadal, you already know how great of a tennis star he is. However, another set of words that has been associated with Nadal’s name is “injury prone”. Yes, Rafael Nadal is probably the most injury prone star in the circuit, currently. Therefore, when you hear that Nadal has made claims of beating Roger Federer’s Grand Slam record, you cannot help but laugh at the mockery that the Spaniard is making out of himself.
Nadal might be four years younger than Federer, but it wouldn’t be wrong to say that he cannot even come close to the high standards of tennis fitness that the 36 year old veteran has managed to maintain. Continuing his dominance, Federer won his 20th Grand Slam title after he beat Marin Cilic in the final of the Australian Open. And what was Nadal doing while Federer was hunting for the gold? Well, he was out injured…again!
It is one thing to be optimistic and self confident, but with Nadal, it’s more a case of being delusional than self confidence. Unless Nadal could, somehow, swap his fitness and consistency with Federer’s, it’s almost a certainty that his trophy cabinet won’t even be close to Federer’s, by the time both of these stars decide to hang their shoes!
Rafael Nadal—the Spanish Star—recently won his match against Grigor Dimitrov to match closer to his ATP Tour title. Croft, who was watching the match felt like praising Nadal’s volleys and talked about it in the post-match interview. This is where things took the wrong turn.
Croft continues to defend Nadal’s technique and said that he has perfect positioning on the court which helps his volleys a lot. For some reason, Rusedski seemed to be denying Croft’s statement. Greg and Croft have been known for their childish and unnecessary arguments but this was a little different.
While Greg did not want to admit it, Nadal’s game was enthralling enough to make him utter words in favor of Croft. Greg Rusedski tried his best to go along but he just needed to oppose it. Rusedski denied the comments of Miles Maclagan—who was also present in the studio and partnering with Croft on her valid points.
After fighting two to one for a while, Greg finally decided to become mature for once and agreed with his partners at the studio. It is quite embarrassing for a sport of such massive following that two key personnel keep fighting each other like children over matters that are literally of no concern.
Rafael Nadal may know a lot about winning games, but he sure needs to learn a thing or two about being humble.
We all know the great form the Spaniard has been in recently. The prodigy, however, seems to be losing hold of his humility—a characteristic he had previously been known for. He recently won his 10th French Open with style. During his post-match speech, he went on to brag about his “unprecedented” success.
If that is not enough to rip his fake persona of humbleness apart, the Spaniard even had the audacity to imply that he was ‘the one’ to achieve the feat. Things like these are well understood, and other players don’t need a reminder of what you’ve done with your career.
With his 10th French Open, Nadal has won his fifteenth major title. This is certainly not the first incident where he showcased his arrogance though. Only recently in April 2017, Nadal bashed a 20-year old German—Alexander Zverve—for wanting to compete with him. Instead of inspiring the young athlete, he called him “strange”, just because Alexander had lost to Nadal thrice in the past.
He sure may be an icon in the court, but outside of it, fame and success have made him lose humility.