Rafael Nadal finished 2019 as ATP world number one, for the fifth time in his professional career and at the age of 33, already married and nine after having done so in 2008. The manacorí, breaking longevity records between his arrival to the elite and the maintenance in it, a constant since arriving at the top-10 spring 2005.
He took center stage in a season that was once again the forbidden preserve of the ‘Big 3’ at major events. Rafa Nadal closed the festival contesting singles and doubles without rest to lead Spain to its sixth ‘silver salad bowl’, success in the new Davis Cup Finals
, disputed in the Magic Box with the label of its maximum predecessor, Gerard Piqué. He was accompanied by Roberto Bautista
, who returned to concentration after burying his father to play the final, against Canada. They also collaborated Pablo Carreño, Feliciano López and Marcel Granollers, captained by Sergi Bruguera.
Another recital of competitiveness and commitment from Nadal, who arrived enraged for not passing the pending subject of the ATP Finals in London, which he arrived just due to an abdominal injury. I had tied the number 1 initiating his twelfth Roland Garros
and fourth US Open
, placing 19 to a single Grand Slam of the record of Roger Federer (38 years old), who was left at zero because he missed two championship balls in one of the great games of the course, the final of Wimbledon. Traced
at the premiere of the new rule to conclude with a ‘tiebreak’ the tie at 12 games in the fifth and decisive round. A record four hours and 55 minutes.
‘Nole’, 32, had dominated Nadal in the Australian Open final. Add 16 ‘big’.
The ‘Next Gen’ only manages to look out on three-set dates. At the ATP Finals greek Stefanos Tsitsipas
took over from Alexander Zverev. Canada got into the Davis Cup final with Denis Shapovalov and the injured Felix Auger-Aliassime. Joined the group of aspirants to the throne the Russian Daniil Medvedev, a hurricane that came close to overtaking Nadal in the US Open final.
In the middle, the Austrian Dominic Thiem, at 26 years old for two times frustrated finalist at Roland Garros, runner-up at the Masters and winner of the Godó, where he did beat a Nadal who was about to miss the tournament, who lived his most committed moment despite winning Leo Mayer . He thought about putting down the racket for a while, tired from the daily pain of countless physical contingencies, but for the umpteenth time he got over it.
He said goodbye on a full tour David ferrer
. Nico Almagro and Maria Jose Martinez they also retired, as it will in 2020 Carla Suarez
, on a WTA Tour with young champion stars:
Ashleigh barty (Roland Garros) and
Biana Andreescu (US Open). Fighting with the veterans Simona halep (Wimbledon) and Serena Williams, again on the verge of a 24th Grand Slam that equals Margaret Court, of lifting a first trophy as a mother. And it threatens the quinceañera sensation Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff.