Rafael Nadal Australian Open 2022

Rafael Nadal’s 21st Slam win ‘worthy of Netflix movie’ of its own, feels Masters boss

Zeljko Franulovic believes Rafael Nadal winning a 21st Grand Slam title in the manner he did is a “superhuman” achievement and looks forward to welcoming him at this year’s Monte Carlo Masters.

Newly-crowned Australian Open winner Nadal defied the world’s expectations when he overturned a two set deficit against US Open victor Daniil Medvedev to win a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam.

This came after Nadal suffered a foot injury that ruled him out for five months. As he was staging his return, the Spaniard then contracted Covid-19 which heavily hampered his Melbourne Park preparations.

Nadal could even extend his Slam tally to 22 at the French Open. He has previously won a record 13 Roland Garros titles and with Federer injured and Djokovic facing further uncertainty after his deportation and anti-vaccination stance, Nadal may be the favourite to win.

In preparation for the French Open Nadal could compete at the Monte Carlo Masters, an event where he again boasts the record for most titles won with 11.

Monte Carlo tournament director Zeljko Franulovic said “what Rafael Nadal did in Australia, to me, is worthy of a Netflix movie. I’ve never seen that.

“It is something¬†superhuman. Nadal has extraordinary mental strength.

“We must not forget Daniil¬†[Medvedev] who had an equally incredible match. It takes two for [a match like that].

“For me, there is no need to¬†even announce [that Nadal will be playing at the 2022 Monte-Carlo Masters].

“He will be there, it is one of his favourite tournaments and ideal in his preparation for Roland Garros.

“He will come here to win,¬†as always, with his 11 titles”

It was recently announced that Netflix will be producing a docuseries surrounding both the ATP and WTA Tour, which is currently in the filming process. Whilst not a stand alone film, Nadal’s historic victory will be included in the series as it will cover all four Grand Slams.

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