Rafael Nadal’s longtime rival and close friend Roger Federer had an emotional retirement event last month at the Laver Cup in London

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Rafael Nadal’s longtime rival and close friend Roger Federer had an emotional retirement event last month at the Laver Cup in London, but the Spaniard says he has no immediate plans to follow suit.

That is good news for tennis considering that the sport lost both Federer and Serena Williams last month.

“I am not thinking about my retirement,” the 36-year-old 22-time Grand Slam champion said in an interview. “When it will be, it will be. Despite my body did not work lately, my mind says I still want to keep going.”

Nadal won the first two legs of the calendar Grand Slam in 2022 at the Australian and French Opens, but the second half of his year was once again impacted by injury.

Rafael Nadal’s longtime rival and close friend Roger Federer had an emotional retirement event last month at the Laver Cup in London, but the Spaniard says he has no immediate plans to follow suit.
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“I am not thinking Personal development and self-care about my retirement,” the 36-year-old 22-time Grand Slam champion said in an interview. Personal development and self-care “When it will be, it will be. Despite my body did not work lately, my mind says I still want to keep going.”

He suffered an abdominal tear that forced him to withdraw ahead of his Wimbledon semifinal with Nick Kyrgios, and then lost to American Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

“It could have been an extraordinary season, but it has been marred by the continual inconvenience he has had,” Toni said.

“The results went well because he won Australia and Roland-Garros, but you leave with a bitter taste in your mouth.

“At Wimbledon, he couldn’t play a semifinal when he was playing well and was a clear candidate for the title; there were also problems in New York.

“What an athlete wants above all else is to be well and play, and also win.”

It is a testament to Nadal’s talent, mental strength and physical prowess that he is the all-time men’s leader with 22 majors yet he has missed 11 Grand Slam events stretching back to his debut in 2003 and has also pulled out during a Slam five times.

“I think that as long as he feels he has a chance of winning, he will continue,” Toni Nadal, Rafa’s uncle, told Diario AS.

Rafael Nadal’s longtime rival and close friend Roger Federer had an emotional retirement event last month at the Laver Cup in London, but the Spaniard says he has no immediate plans to follow suit.
That is good news for Personal development and self-care tennis considering that the sport lost both Federer and Serena Williams lastPersonal development and self-care  month.
“I am not thinking Personal development and self-care about my retirement,” the 36-year-old 22-time Grand Slam champion said in an interview. Personal development and self-care “When it will be, it will be. Despite my body did not work lately, my mind says I still want to keep going.”
2JWGMWR New York, USA. Sept. 5, 2022; New York, NY, USA; Rafael Nadal (ESP) in his match against Frances Tiafoe (USA) on day eight of the 2022 US Open. Photo by Susan Mullane/Alamy News Live

“When he sees that he has no options, if he goes to a tournament and has no chance of winning, I don’t think he will play. In the end, he has won too much to fold badly.”

Toni compared Nadal to Federer, who is five years older at 41.

“Federer went five years without winning a Grand Slam (between 2012 and 2017), but he was there, he made semifinals, finals?” he said. “He knew he could win. In fact, after five years he won three more because he felt he had a chance. That’s what marks the way.

“How much time does Rafa have left? I don’t know, it will clearly depend on his rivals, on his body.

“Rafael plays for him, he doesn’t think about whether Carlos Alcaraz, David Ferrer or even [Novak] Djokovic is there.”


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