Tennis

Rafael Nadal Stats: How did he perform in 2022

Nadal had a strong start to the season, winning the Melbourne Summer Set 1 to claim his 89th ATP title. He then had an unforgettable Australian Open campaign, reaching the final after defeating the likes of Matteo Berrettini, Denis Shapovalov, and Adrian Mannarino. It was not always smooth sailing for the Spaniard, who had to play a near half-hour tie-break against Mannarino in the sweltering heat of Melbourne. Nadal then won the title by overcoming a two-set deficit against Daniil Medvedev to defeat the Russian, who is nearly a decade his junior. The Spaniard then won the Mexican Open without dropping a set, owing to the slow hard court in Mexico’s favor. He thus extended his winning streak to 15 games, which was also the best start to his career. After extending his winning streak to 20 matches, Nadal advanced to the final of the Indian Wells Masters, where he was defeated by Taylor Fritz. In the process, he also suffered a rib stress fracture, which forced him to miss six weeks of work.

When the Spaniard entered the fray at Roland Garros, his favorite hunting ground, speculation was rife, with his injury becoming a major talking point. After a smooth ride through the first three rounds, Nadal faced stiff competition in the fourth round, when Felix Auger-Aliassime forced him to play five grueling sets, but the Spaniard prevailed. He then faced his old adversary Djokovic in the quarterfinals, their 59th meeting. Djokovic had won the previous year’s match between the two, and many considered him to be the favorite in a night match in Paris, as the heavier conditions at night were expected to negate Nadal’s top spin to a large extent. It was unfortunate that Zverev had to withdraw due to an ankle injury, and Nadal went on to face Casper Ruud of Norway in the final. Nadal defeated Ruud in the final to win his 14th French Open title, a record that is unlikely to be broken.

Humble Season Finale

Nadal then competed in Wimbledon, but he tore an abdominal muscle during the tournament. As a result, despite reaching the semifinals with victories over Francisco Cerundolo and Lorenzo Sonego, he must withdraw. Meanwhile, Djokovic won Wimbledon to close the gap on Nadal and surpass Federer’s record. Nadal took another six weeks off after Wimbledon and lost in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters when he returned. He then returned to the US Open after a three-year absence and was knocked out in the fourth round by the hard-hitting Frances Tiafoe.

The Spaniard then played a doubles match at the Laver Cup, which also happened to be Roger Federer’s final professional match. They lost the match, and Nadal subsequently withdrew from the tournament. Nadal then lost his first two matches at the ATP Finals in Turin before defeating Ruud in his final match of the year. After a rather lackluster performance in the first two matches, Nadal served with venom and fired numerous aces against Ruud. As a result, he finished the year as World No. 2, making him the oldest year-end Top 2 player in ATP history.

ServePercentageReturnPercentage
1st Serve Won %73.01st Srv. Return Won %34.2
2nd Serve Won %55.12nd Srv. Return Won %53.8
1st Serve %64.9Ace Against %7.1
Ace %5.6Double Fault Against %3.3
Double Fault %4.1Break Points Won %43.5
Break Points Saved %61.9Return Points Won %41.3
Service Points Won %66.7Return Games Won %31.0
Service Games Won %83.7Overall83.0
TournamentPercentage (W-L)
ATP 250100 (3-0)
ATP 500100 (5-0)
Masters61.5 (8-5)
Tour Finals33.3 (1-2)
Grand Slam95.7 (22-1)
Overall83.0 (39-8)