The Mutua Madrid Open will sanction the return of Rafael Nadal to the circuit. The former world number 1 got off to a brilliant start to the season, winning the Australian Open against all odds. Fresh from a long stop due to injury and arrived in Melbourne without great expectations, the Spanish phenomenon has achieved one of the most unexpected feats of his entire career. Triumphing 'Down Under' for the second time, the 35-year-old from Manacor climbed to 21 Majors by overtaking Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in the all-time rankings. The Iberian has also become the fourth man in history to have won all Grand Slams at least twice (along with Djokovic, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson). Rafa sustained a stress fracture in a rib during the Indian Wells semi-final against Carlos Alcaraz, so he will have only two tournaments available to regain his form for Roland Garros. During an interview for the official website of the Masters 1000 in Madrid, Ons Jabeur praised Nadal as an exemplary boy both on and off the pitch.
Ons Jabeur praises Rafael Nadal
"It is a great inspiration, to see how many times Rafael Nadal has won here, hopefully I can win at least one. He is an amazing guy both on and off the court and I look forward to seeing him play for several more years." Jabeur also said that she is delighted to be in Madrid and is working on improving her claycourt skills. "I am delighted to be in Madrid. I like to play on clay. I have positive feelings, I feel like I am improving every day and I am much more confident.” Australian Open 2022 victories of Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty have been nominated for the prestigious International Tennis Hall of Fame awards. Barty’s victory in the summit clash against Danielle Collins received a nomination in the ‘Moment of National Pride’ category. Meanwhile, Nadal’s epic come-from-behind victory has been nominated in the ‘Best Comeback Within a Match’ category. Rafael Nadal recently took to Twitter to confirm his participation at the Madrid Open. The Spaniard said that despite limited preparation, he would look to perform at a high level in his home tournament. "Despite arriving just before preparation and being difficult, I really want to play and play at home since the opportunities are few. To try to do it in the best possible way. See you in Madrid." Nadal has maintained his impressive start this season. He has won three titles this season before a brief injury break.
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