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Rafael Nadal reveals his best moment of 2022

Rafael Nadal won two major titles this year, doing so for the first time since 2019 and securing his first Australian Open – Roland Garros combo. Rafa came close to defeat against Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final, losing 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 before pulling off one of his most remarkable comebacks to prevail after five hours and 24 minutes.

Driven by this drive, the Spaniard withstood every setback at his beloved Roland Garros and claimed his 14th Parisian trophy and 22nd Grand Slam title. It was the proudest moment of the season for Rafa, heading to Paris without form and with severe pain in his foot.

Nadal needed injections before every match and overcame all obstacles to increase his incredible Roland Garros record to 112-3! Nadal kicked off his 18th Roland Garros campaign with solid wins over Jordan Thompson, Corentin Moutet and Botic Van De Zandschulp for a place in the Round of 16.

He beat all three in straight sets to avoid spending more time on the court ahead of more serious opponents. The Spaniard faced Felix Auger-Aliassime in the fourth round and had to give his 120% to win. The Canadian took sets one and four to force Rafa’s rare five-set game in Paris.

The more experienced player shifted into a higher gear to emerge on top and make it to the last eight after almost four and a half hours. Things were about to get even tougher for Nadal two days later, with world no. 1 Novak Djokovic waiting on the other side of the net.

After a massive battle, Rafa cruised to a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 triumph in four hours and 12 minutes to dethrone the Serb and book a place in the semi-finals. Djokovic gave his best in sets two and four and had two set points at 5-3 to force a decider.

Rafael Nadal won his 14th Roland Garros title in June.

Nadal denied them, broke back and secured the tie break 7-4 to emerge on top. Alexander Zverev put even more pressure on him in the semi-final, and the second set was still alive as they passed the three-hour mark!

Nadal fended off four set points in the first set and erased the deficit in the second despite losing serve four times 7-6, 6-6. Zverev had to retire after injuring his right ankle, leaving the court in tears and sending Nadal to his 14th Roland Garros final.

Casper Ruud tried to prevent Rafa’s 14th title, but it couldn’t be for the young Norwegian in his first Major final. Rafa scored a 6-3, 6-3, 6-0 victory in two hours and 18 minutes, taming his shots very well and breaking the younger opponent eight times to control the score and win the second Grand Slam crown. it’s from the season.

“Each title is different, and you enjoy each match in a particular way. I experienced exciting moments this season after winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros. It has been an excellent year but challenging at the same time due to physical issues.

Winning the 22nd Grand Slam crown at Roland Garros was an unforgettable moment for me after all the problems I had during those two weeks,” Rafael Nadal said.

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