Rafael Nadal returns to training with an eye on Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal has 3 titles in 2021
Rafael Nadal, of Spain, practices at the Citi Open tennis tournament, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Rafael Nadal took to his social networks to announce his return to training, after suffering a rib injury during the final of the Masters 1000 at Indian Wells against Taylor Fritz.

“Today after 4 weeks without stepping on a tennis court, first light training. What an illusion to step on the ground again!”, wrote the player born in Palma de Mallorca next to an image that shows him with a racket in his hand.

In this way, the current number four in the ATP ranking is on track for his participation in Roland Garros, where he will seek to reach 14 champion titles. In addition, he has the extra motivation of reaching 22 major championship trophies that will allow him to extend his lead over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who have 20.

Let’s not forget that, prior to the injury in the match against Fritz, the former world number one had one of the most remarkable beginnings to a season in modern tennis history, going 20-0 with three titles in a row, including the Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal’s record at Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal adds 13 Roland Garros titles to his career total
Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his first round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Italy’s Simone Bolelli at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

The 35-year-old Spaniard is considered the best clay-court tennis player of all time, in large part due to his superlative performance at the second Grand Slam in the ATP season: Roland Garros.

After 16 appearances at the prestigious Paris tournament, Nadal has an incredible record of 105 wins and 3 losses. The only losses came against Robin Soderling (2009) and Novak Djokovic (2015 and 2021).

Despite the return to action of “Rafa”, the betting centers place Djokovic as the main favorite, despite the fact that he has barely played 4 official matches in 4 months of the campaign, due to the controversy generated by his refusal to take the vaccine against COVID-19.

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