Andy Roddick discusses Nadal’s health situation

Despite numerous disappointments, Rafael Nadal finished the 2004 season on a high note, defeating Andy Roddick in the Davis Cup final in Seville and becoming the youngest player to win the prestigious team tournament.

Starting the following season barely outside the top 50, Nadal lost in the quarterfinals in Doha to Ivan Ljubicic.

He quit in the first game in Auckland due to minor respiratory issues, hoping to participate in the first major of the season in Melbourne without any problems.

The young man got off to a strong start against Julien Benneteau before surviving a five-set battle with Mikhail Youzhny to reach the last 32.

Bobby Reynolds couldn’t do much against the world’s most promising young guy, who lost only five games and finished the treatment in 90 minutes to save his energy for the long-awaited fourth-round match against Lleryton Hewitt at Rod Lauer Arena.

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Andy Roddick. Source: hindustantimes.com

After defeating Spain in 2004 in two tiebreaks, the Australian pushed even harder this time, winning 7-5, 3-6, 1-6, 7-6, 6-2 in three hours and 53 minutes.

Hewitt only won two games more than Nadal, who had a massive lead in sets two and three and was driven to play his best tennis in the deepest race in Majors to that point.

In the end, Lleryton overcame all of the hurdles in the fourth Set to earn a spot in the tiebreaker.

Rafa took five breaks, and Lleryton answered with six, playing his greatest tennis in the tiebreaker. He had no room for errors, and then used that impulse to rush through.

Roddick talks about Nadal

Andy Roddick recently discussed what would happen if Djokovic decides to skip 2022 Australian Open due to Victoria’s vaccination mandate.

According to the former World No. 1, Djokovic might end up with 20 Majors by the time next year’s Wimbledon rolls around. As a fully fit Rafael Nadal awaits him at Roland Garros.

“Also if we project forwards, obviously Novak has been pretty outspoken against it but just from a tennis perspective what does this do?

“Does he decide not to play Australia, then all of a sudden he’s looking at the French Open,” added Roddick.

“Will we have Rafa healthy there? Is he still on 20 as we’re going into Wimbledon next year?

“Nobody would have thought that before the US Open final, so there are certainly some things in play.”

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