Rafael Nadal’s career is studded with great successes and incredible records: with 19 Slams he is aiming Roger Federer’s record, but the Spaniard has achieved other great goals, such as the twelve triumphs at the Roland Garros and all the titles on clay.
For each season, however, there is a particular goal, an achievement that should be highlighted. The beginning of 2016 looked like a year of rebirth for Rafael Nadal, especially on clay. After the victories at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters and in Barcelona, he could have been one of the favorites at Roland Garros, but an injury stopped his ambitions.
A problem which reappeared other times during the season. The best time of his season was the XXXI Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. In the men’s singles, Rafa was defeated by Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinal and by Kei Nishikori in the final for the bronze medal.
But success was near. In men’s doubles Nadal, with his countryman Marc Lopez, reached the final of the Olympic tournament.
Rafael Nadal got the Super Career Golden Slam a Rio de Janeiro 2016
In the semi-final, they defeated the Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil.
In the final Nadal and Lopez faced the Romanians Horia Tecau and Florin Mergea, winning 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Thanks to that victory Nadal became the first tennis player in history to conquer the four Grand Slam titles, the Davis Cup and the Olympic gold both in singles and doubles.
A Super Career Golden Slam. And to think that his season was on the whole stingy with other satisfactions. The Spaniard suffered several injuries, especially at the best time of his year, when he seemed to be back competitive and ready to win the French Open again.
On the other hand, it was a wrist injury that frustrated his Parisian ambitions and stopped his excellent clay-swing. The victory in Rio brought prestige to a forgettable season and to the worst two-year period of his fantastic career.
Uncle Nadal revealed a curious anecdote that occurred in 2016 to Rafael Nadal: “In 2016 I told him: Rafael, there is no other option but to serve well. I think that in this aspect the help of Carlos Moyá was decisive.
Rafa blocked his wrist and he did not let the head of the racket go forward. I then put Andy Murray’s service in front of him as a model, saying Look how Murray does!”