Rafael Nadal, who has been absent from the tennis scene since his early exit from the 2023 Australian Open due to injury, is now on the path to recovery and has set his sights on the 2024 Australian Open, as revealed by his uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal.
Following surgery earlier this year, Nadal has diligently worked on his rehabilitation, fueling hopes for his return to the court. While the exact return date remains uncertain, Nadal has hinted that 2024 may be his farewell year on the professional circuit.
Spain’s Davis Cup captain, David Ferrer, suggested that if Spain qualifies for the Davis Cup Finals in November, Nadal could return to the international stage. Alternatively, Nadal might extend his hiatus until the 2024 clay season.
Shedding light on his nephew’s progress, Toni Nadal stated, “Rafa is in good spirits and is making steady progress with his recovery. If all goes well, he is determined to grace the courts once again at the 2024 Australian Open.”
Nadal, a two-time champion in Melbourne, made an inspiring comeback in 2022, clinching the title after a prolonged injury-induced absence. However, with Novak Djokovic’s dominance in recent times, Nadal faces a formidable challenge. Djokovic, who secured his 25th Grand Slam title at the US Open, has earned high praise from Toni Nadal, who hailed him as “probably the best tennis player in history.”
Toni Nadal elaborated on Djokovic’s greatness: “It’s an arduous task for not just my nephew but anyone to surpass Djokovic. Determining the greatest in tennis history is a complex matter, but Djokovic’s extensive list of titles undoubtedly supports his claim. Although I believe Roger Federer has occasionally showcased an even higher level of play, Djokovic’s record speaks for itself, making him undeniably the best.”
Djokovic’s 24 Grand Slam titles currently place him two ahead of Nadal in the all-time standings, with Federer concluding his illustrious career with 20 Grand Slam victories. Tennis enthusiasts worldwide eagerly await Nadal’s return and anticipate a thrilling showdown between these tennis legends at the 2024 Australian Open.