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NADAL wished for more at Wimbledon, seeking the first All England Club crown since 2010. The Spaniard reached the semi-final before revealing a seven-millimeter abdominal tear that forced him to withdraw ahead of the Nick Kyrgios clash.

  Rafa would play only nine matches by the end of the season, winning four and failing to fight for the year-end no. 1 honour. Nadal lost in the US Open fourth round and embraced four consecutive defeats for the first time since 2009!

  He ended it in the last ATP Finals round-robin match, prevailing over Casper Ruud in straight sets and hoping for a fresh start in 2023. “I’m super happy to receive the 2022 Fans’ Favourite Award. It makes me feel great.

  I can’t thank everyone enough for the support for this award and all the support I receive in every single city and event worldwide. That means everything to me, so I’m looking forward to 2023 to share many positive things again. See you soon!”

  Roger Federer was the Fans’ Favourite ATP award winner for almost two decades, taking every honor between 2003 and 2021! The Swiss legend retired this year, and his great rival Rafael Nadal got a chance to secure his first Fans’ Favourite award win at 36!

  Nadal had a great season despite injuries and setbacks, finishing in the top-2 as the oldest player since the start of the ATP ranking in 1973. Also, the Spaniard secured two Major titles in the season to top the charts and stand on 22.

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  Nadal missed the second part of 2021 due to foot issues and made a perfect comeback this season. The veteran endured all obstacles at the Australian Open and came from 6-2, 7-6, 3-2, 40-0 down against Daniil Medvedev in the final to lift the first trophy in 13 years.

  Rafa conquered Acapulco and reached the Indian Wells final for a perfect 20-0 start to the season. However, the Spaniard fractured his rib and missed Monte Carlo and Barcelona. Rafa returned to action in Madrid and Rome and did not play at his best.

  Also, his foot bothered him again, and there were no goo signs ahead of Roland Garros. Nadal needed injections ahead of every match in Paris to ease the pain and compete at the desired level. Rafa delivered his clay-court magic and beat Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Casper Ruud for his 14th Roland Garros title and the 22nd Major.

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