Rafael Nadal impresses Olympic goat Michael Phelps with his swimming

Rafael Nadal is using the time off the court to prepare for his return to the tour. It has been over a month since he played a match. Nadal suffered the injury after losing to Jordan Thompson in the quarterfinals in Brisbane. Since then, his priority has been recovery training. As part of Nadal’s routine, he was seen swimming, which impressed Michael Phelps.

Nadal posted a video of himself on Instagram, showing off his lung capacity. The Spaniard swam underwater and went from one end to the other without taking a single breath. He also received words of encouragement from swimming’s GOAT, Phelps. The American commented,“Hell yeah!” With a swimming emoji. He was impressed by Nadal’s lung capacity.

Michael Phelps reacting to Rafael Nadal’s post. (Credit: Getty Images, IG@rafaelnadal)

Nadal suffered a micro-tear in his hamstring, forcing him to miss the 2024 Australian Open. But he is working hard to complete his comeback on the tour. Nadal will next be seen at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha. The program will start from 19th February and will continue till 24th. This will be Nadal’s second event of the season and is expected to delight his fans in the Middle East.

Rafael Nadal wants to make a mark in Doha

This will be the ninth time that Nadal will compete in the singles draw at Doha. The former world No. 1 made his debut at the ATP 250 event in 2005. He reached the quarterfinals that season when he lost to Ivan Ljubicic in three sets. Since then, Nadal has reached the final in Doha three times and won once. In 2013, he defeated Gael Monfils in three sets to win the trophy.

The 14-time French Open champion was runner-up to Nikle Dadenko in 2010. It was the Russian’s final hardcourt title of his career. In Nadal’s previous appearance at Doha in 2016, he lost to Novak Djokovic in the final after winning just three games in the match. It is Djokovic’s most impressive victory over Nadal in 59 career meetings.

Nadal won the doubles event at Doha on his debut 19 years ago. He won the doubles title in 2009, 2011 and 2015. This year, the veteran player will focus on playing singles only and be careful not to injure himself too much. Fans are looking forward to playing it on clay courts, as the golden swing will begin soon.

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