In a press conference after the final of the ‘Rolex Paris Masters’, Cédric Pioline spoke about the future of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Pioline explained: “I think Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will continue at the highest level for another two seasons.
There are three different generations aiming for the most important trophies right now. We have the usual Nadals and Djokovic, who have no intention of giving up the title.
Then there are the various Stefanos Tsitsipas, Daniil Medvedev, Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem, although there is a question mark over the Austrian. This year Carlos Alcaraz, Holger Rune, Félix Auger-Aliassime and many others arrived, ready to explode.
The next few years are going to be very exciting.” After losing the Bercy final, Djokovic had nice words for Rune: “It’s amazing that such a young player can handle pressure so well.
He beat five Top 10 players this week, so he deserved to win the tournament. Did he hit more than Holger? His fighting spirit” Nadal didn’t make it past the second round of the Rolex Paris Masters, a tournament that brought him little luck during his career.
The Spanish champion was beaten in a comeback by Tommy Paul, overcoming a resounding 6-1 scoreline in the third set and showing a very difficult state.
Despite the usual physical issues, the former world No. 1 has drawn great satisfaction from it in 2022. The 36-year-old from Manaco won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, overtaking Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the historic ranking of Grand Slams.
The Iberian also tried to win his third Wimbledon title, but a torn abdominal prevented him from playing in the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios.
Uncle Toni’s reflection on Rafa Nadal
Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni recently commented on the Spaniard’s appetite for continuous improvement. “In the end, outdoing others isn’t always doable, outdoing yourself is the big challenge, that’s what Rafa was forced to do more or less from an early age, he understood that, and in life the fundamental thing is to improve,” he said.
“What I applied on the tennis court is the same as what I would have applied outside. I believe in effort, in work, in meritocracy, I believe in people who win things at the sweat from their forehead, in Rafael’s case the sweat from their whole body, and that’s what I applied,” he said.