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I'm not a fan of this type of game, says Rafael Nadal about modern tennis

The former world number one was able to alleviate his foot pain and play excellent tennis at Wimbledon thanks to Dr. Cotorro's therapies

Rafael Nadal after beating Novak Djokovic in Paris. (Image: Twitter/ATP Tour)
By Nilavro Ghosh | Dec 2, 2022 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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Rafael Nadal revealed during his South American tour that he dislikes the way the game is currently played. Nadal had a fantastic season, highlighted by wins at the Australian Open and Roland Garros. As a result, the Spanish champion surpassed Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time Grand Slam rankings. The former world number one was able to alleviate his foot pain and play excellent tennis at Wimbledon thanks to Dr. Cotorro’s therapies.

The 36-year-old advanced to the semifinals in London, but a torn abs prevented him from facing Nick Kyrgios. That injury proved to be more serious than expected, and it also influenced his approach to the US Open, where Rafa did not advance past the round of 16. (beaten in four sets by Frances Tiafoe). The Iberian was eliminated on his debut in Paris-Bercy and failed to advance from the group stage at the ATP Finals in Turin in the final month of the season.

“In the past, points were prepared with greater accuracy and the right ball was expected to attack,” the tennis legend said. “Not all shots were pushed to the maximum, because more importance was given to strategy. Today there are no more transition shots, all the balls are hit for the purpose of making the winner.I’m not saying anything needs to be changed, but I’m not a fan of this type of game.”

“I’d like to see tennis that offers more solutions, as well as more diversified styles of play. Because of the balls and how the courts are made, the players all have a very similar style. The speed at which the game is played does not allow for a different tactic to be adopted. Only on red clay is there a little more time to think.”



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