Rafael Nadal has returned to work after the defeat suffered in the Roland Garros semi-finals against Novak Djokovic, on Friday, June 11. “I am not in a position to say what will happen in two weeks,” he said about his future.
After a few days of rest and reflection with his coaching staff, he announced the foreseeable: drop in Wimbledon and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Physically empty, pissed off that he hadn’t played his best game when he needed him in Paris, his fiefdom, he needed time to take a therapeutic vacation, take care of his body and properly prepare the new goal.
He has enjoyed with family and friends, especially at sea, where he is reunited with calm. This week, since Wednesday June 30, he has returned to the pitch, playing the racket while rallying with one of his technicians, Carlos Moyà.
It will be a work from less to more, without forcing, already on the hard track that awaits him on the US summer tour, which he resigned in 2020 due to the pandemic.
The reappearance of Rafa Nadal must take place in the Canadian ATP Masters 1000, based in Toronto, August 9-15. Then, according to what happened in the week of return, he will dispute the Cincinnati ATP Masters 1000, from August 15 to 22. Although everything is aimed at arriving in the best conditions at the US Open, in New York from August 30 to September 12.
It is the second most favorable Grand Slam of his career. After the thirteen titles at Roland Garros, the four at the US Open (2010, 2013, 2017 and 2019). The fight to be the greatest, to have the record, will be at its peak. Even more so if Novak Djokovic equals 20 with the Spanish and Roger Federer at present-day Wimbledon.