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Spanish Tennis Federation boss Miguel Diaz described Rafael Nadal's results in 2022 as "extraordinary" as he has expressed hope to see the Spaniard dominating the Tour for many more years. 

Nadal, 35, played in just one tournament in the second half of the 2021 season due to a foot injury. 

Nadal was unsure whether he would be able to resume his career but made the decision to play in Australia. 

There, Nadal won the Melbourne Summer Set before winning a record 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open. 

Nadal's comeback in 2022 will forever be remembered as one of the greatest comebacks in tennis history. 

"Rafa is an outlier. This year, with the physical problems that started the season, he did not know if he would be able to play in conditions. At one point, he was half limping into training. To win what you have won is extraordinary. Hopefully he will last us four more years because Spanish tennis has him as the biggest idol," Diaz told Marca, as quoted on Sportskeeda.

Diaz hoping Nadal makes his Davis Cup comeback this year

Last year, Nadal didn't represent Spain at the Davis Cup Finals as he called it a season in August. 

"I trust because he likes it. Another thing is that I can't because of injuries or schedule. He has already given a lot to Spanish tennis winning on many occasions. If injuries and the schedule allow it, I think Rafa can be in our Davis Cup team," Diaz said of Nadal's potential Davis Cup return. 

Nadal wasn't the only Spaniard praised by Diaz as the Spanish Tennis Federation boss also praised Carlos Alcaraz and Paula Badosa.

"They are two very young players and we have a lot of future ahead of us with them. References are always needed in all sports. Paula is the number two in the world and is a reference and Carlitos is incredible what he is achieving with 18 years," Diaz said.


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