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Rafael Nadal To Bide Time Before Return

After crashing out of the US Open in the fourth round this year, Rafael Nadal says he will take some time away from the tennis court before making a return.

With the Spanish star stating he wants to be “ready mentally” when he does compete again, it should be a warning to his rivals that Nadal will mean business on his return.

A Year To Remember

While the fourth and final Grand Slam event of 2022 ended in disappointment at the US Open, the season as a whole has been a great one for Nadal. The 36-year-old, who was one of the favorites in the 2022 US Open betting odds, was looking strong on the hardcourts before his loss in the fourth round. That defeat for Nadal, who continues to be a major tournament contender in tennis tips today, was his first at a Grand Slam event in 2022.

Having won the Australian Open at the start of the year, Nadal went on to claim his 14th French Open title at Roland Garros. On course for a clean sweep of the year’s Grand Slams, the Mallorcan had a heartbreaking ending to his Wimbledon challenge after being forced to withdraw from the event due to a rib injury ahead of the semi-finals.

Despite the disappointment of Wimbledon and the US Open, Nadal has added to his Grand Slam titles and now sits clear of the chasing pack on a remarkable 22 titles. Rival Novak Djokovic sits just one title behind Nadal after the Serbian’s success over the summer at Wimbledon. With the pair battling it out to see who can finish their careers with the most Grand Slam titles, it’s all set up for what will undoubtedly be an intriguing season in 2023.

Break Can Do Nadal Good

After another season coping with his chronic foot injury, the break after the US Open might well do Nadal some good as he looks ahead to the Grand Slam events next year. Playing through the pain barrier at times, while also having to deal with a rib injury over the summer, Nadal has had to show real determination to produce the results he has in 2022.

Nadal has been scheduled to feature in the Laver Cup alongside the likes of Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray at the end of September. However, after his defeat in New York City, Nadal admitted he was not certain when he would be returning to action. Time to recover both mentally and physically will be essential if Nadal is to add to his tally of 22 major titles. It looks like the veteran player will have to manage the competitions he competes in more carefully going forward, as he looks to maximize his opportunities in the Grand Slam events.

Rest will be key for Nadal after the rigors of the US Open but soon his attention will undoubtedly turn to 2023 and the highly-anticipated first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open.

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