Rafael Nadal boosted by Australian Open showing.
In his off season interviews Rafael Nadal was asked many times what level he expected his game to be at when he eventually returned to the tour. In typical Nadal fashion he was very humble in response but he did mention that he wouldn’t be returning if he didn’t think he could challenge for the big titles like earlier in his career. Translated that means he was expecting that he would be able to challenge for theMasters 1000 and Grand slam events. Quite a big statement to make given his history over the past few seasons and his failure to make a grand slam final since the French Open 2014.
We are one month into the season and Rafael Nadal has stayed true to his word. Not only has Nadal been able to make the final of a grand slam and come within a whisker of winning it but he has done so on his least favoured surface. Nadal knows how to get the balance of training, relaxation and competition just right. At the age of 30 Nadal knows he must look after his body just to ensure he can compete at the highest level. Rest and Recuperation are key. Nadal has proved once again that he knows the level required to win these big events but most importantly can attain the highest level needed to win such tournaments.
Nadal and new coach Carlos Moyà will look forward to the rest of the season buoyed by his Brisbane and particularly his Melbourne performances. Nadal beat several big names like Grigor Dimitrov and Milos Raonic and went toe to toe with the GOAT Federer. Nadal will look forward in particular to the March American hardcourt season and the big events in Indian Wells and Key Biscayne. By April Nadal should have plenty of matches under his belt as he looks to make an assault on La Decima, on what would be his tenth French Open triumph.
A fit healthy and motivated Rafael Nadal at 100% is a sight to behold. Tennis fans should cherish the time we have to enjoy the Raging Bull because quite simply there has been no one like him. 2017 started in low key fashion but by the end of the year Nadal could be the main man once again.