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Despite the great season, Rafael Nadal also regrets some physical problems at the end of the season, a situation that would have allowed him to finish at the top of the world ranking. Rafael Nadal’s numbers throughout his career are extraordinary, obviously his numbers on clay are impressive but Rafa has done well almost everywhere.

Rafael Nadal is the only tennis player in history to have won 22 Grand Slam titles, won the Davis Cup and won the Olympic Games. The ATP finals are the one thing he regrets and the one thing Nadal has never won. Rafael Nadal had a great year, at the beginning of the season many doubted his physical condition and he denied it with one of the best comebacks in history.

In the final in Australia he beat Daniil Medvedev after a great comeback and led him to make history. An extraordinary year that also saw him win in Paris, ahead of Casper Ruud in the final and especially after the great rematch, the victory over his great rival Novak Djokovic during the tournament.

Spectacular numbers and an extraordinary year that, at a certain point in the season, even made one think of the Grand Slam. Physical problems prevented it and Rafa finished the season in the worst way. Rafael Nadal finished the season in the world Top 2, almost ending with the final regret of not having surpassed Carlos Alcaraz, ending the season at the top of the Ranking.

This result, however, was a great record for the Spanish champion, the possibility of overcoming his eternal rival Roger Federer. Rafa became the oldest tennis player in history to finish a season in the Top 2 of the ATP ranking, thus beating Roger Federer’s record.

At the end of the first leg of his South American tour of exhibition matches in Argentina, Rafael Nadal, at the stadium microphone after his two singles and doubles matches, paid a beautiful tribute to the Argentine public.

Rafa is a record 22-time Grand Slam winner

Rafael Nadal rues the lack of tactical flexibility in tennis despite being widely regarded as one of the best players in the sport. “Before, the points were prepared waiting for the right ball to attack, not all the balls were attacked, the right ball was expected.

Today there are no transition balls or point preparation. Each ball that is hit is with the objective of winning the period.” While reflecting that things have gone well for him, Nadal added that he likes other sports more than tennis because of more tactical options available.

“It has gone well for me, nothing should be changed for me, but emotionally speaking I like another type of sport more, which allows you more options and implement a tactic,” he said.

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