22-time Major champion Rafael Nadal has had a breakout season despite injuries and setbacks. Rafa has won two major titles to overtake Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and top the GOAT list. In addition, the Spaniard is back in the top-2 for the first time since 2021, becoming the third oldest player in that group.
Rafa has been dealing with an abdominal injury since Wimbledon, missing singles action after the US Open and hoping to return to competition in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the Spaniard and his wife are expecting his first child, so his 2022 will be memorable.
Nadal will continue with tennis after the regular season, living a tour of Latin America and visiting Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil and Mexico. Nadal will arrive at the Plaza de Toros ‘La México’ on December 1 with Casper Ruud, visiting the Mexican capital for the first time and waiting for a show.
Rafa knows how to win titles in Mexico, lifting the Acapulco trophy four times between 2005 and 2022! Nadal returned to Acapulco this February and took down Daniil Medvedev and Cameron Norrie en route to his fourth crown in Mexico.
The public of the Plaza de Toros ‘La México’ will have the opportunity to see Rafa in action against his good friend Casper Ruud. They are currently 2nd and 3rd in the rankings, behind Carlos Alcaraz, being the only multiple Major finalists in 2022.
Rafa and Casper met in the Roland Garros final, and the Spaniard prevailed 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 in two hours and 18 minutes to win his 22nd Major. Nadal broke Ruud eight times and took the final 11 games of the encounter to seal the deal in style.
Rafael Nadal won 22 Grand Slams
Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni Nadal clarified that although the World No. 2 suffered numerous setbacks in 2022, he never suggested that the Spanish legend should stop competing. “It is true that he has had different problems and this affects you in the end, but the main thing is that he wants to play.
To one who has that desire I would never tell him to stop,” he 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, also problems in New York.
What an athlete wants above all else is to be well and play, also to win. My nephew has won, but he has been in more trouble than one can bear sometimes,” Toni Nadal said.