The news fell like a bomb. inside and outside. The confirmation of Rafael Nadal’s withdrawal for the remainder of the season will put a brake on a series of numbers and marks among several. One of them is the Grand Slams drought in season. Something that happened only twice since his professional debut.
Winner of 20 Grand Slams, including 13 Roland GarrosYou just have to dive into which year it did not reach glory in Paris to start the search. And it jumps by itself: 2015 and 2016 were hard years for the Spanish.
Their results were nowhere near the defining encounters. In Australia and Roland Garros 2015 he reached the quarterfinals and those would be his best results. He then hit a second round at Wimbledon and a third at the US Open.
For him 2016, a first round in Melbourne added to a third in Paris (he got off due to a left wrist injury) announced the inevitable: he dropped out of the London tournament (but did go to the Rio Olympics weeks later) and the US Open he said goodbye in the round of 16.
In the present, his last joy Major It dates from October of last year, when is it not? at Roland Garros 2020. Tournament that he prepared especially after the pandemic stoppage.
Now another brake is coming on his career. Only time and his physical condition will be the measure so that Rafa can return to the field and continue with his habit of lifting trophies of the greats.