Rafael Nadal’s triumph in Paris sparked reactions in every corner of the world. While it is impossible not to celebrate yet another feat of the Spanish phenomenon, on the other there has been a lot of talk about Rafa’s physical condition.
As revealed by himself at a press conference, the 36-year-old from Manacor underwent a series of infiltrations to anesthetize his foot during the tournament. The Majorcan was lame after the second round match against Corentin Moutet, but thanks to this remedy he managed to finish Roland Garros writing yet another page of history.
The Iberian thus hoisted himself to 22 Grand Slams, further stretching Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time classification. Once back in Spain, Nadal traveled to Barcelona to undergo a new foot treatment. If things go well, the former world number 1 will attend Wimbledon, which kicks off on Monday 27 June.
In a recent interview with ‘Marketing Registrado’, former ATP number 9 Nicolas Almagro celebrated Rafa’s 14th victory at Porte d’Auteuil.
Almagro opens up on Rafa Nadal
“Winning 14 Grand Slams in the same place, we are not going to see again in history.
What Rafael Nadal has achieved is only within the reach of the chosen ones and Rafa is one of them,” said Almagro. Former World Number 4 Guy Forget was all praise of Rafael Nadal after his record 14th French Open title.
The 36-year-old recently defeated Casper Ruud in the finals of the French Open to win his 22nd Grand Slam title. “For me, Rafael Nadal has achieved the greatest feat in the entire history of sport. Period. He is above Ali, Pelé or Jordan,” Guy Forget said.
To strengthen his claim, the 57-year-old explained how difficult it is to win a French Open trophy and Nadal has done it 14 times. He recalled the time when people used to say that no one can go past Pete Sampras’ record, but the Spaniard surprised everyone.
“A champion who is able to win 14 times the toughest tournament on the planet, the most difficult thing that exists, there are not any. We said when Borg won Roland-Garros six times, it’s monstrous. No one will do better.
Sampras has won 14 Grand Slam titles. Nadal has won Roland Garros 14 times. It’s unimaginable”. He added. Interestingly, Almagro foresaw Nadal’s dominance in Paris when they first faced off in the tournament in 2008.
“He is going to win Roland Garros 40 years in a row. He is going to be 65 years old and he is going to keep winning,” Almagro remarked during their match in 2008.