Feliciano Lopez says Rafael Nadal is achieving so much in tennis that words alone struggle to do it justice.
Nadal’s Wimbledon campaign came to a heart-breaking end on Thursday as he was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a torn abdomen.
It hurt all the more due to him, for the first time in his career, having the chance to chase a Calendar Grand Slam.
However, Nadal already has two majors to his name this season after winning both the Australian Open and Roland Garros, which were also both won against a backdrop of injury struggles.
They increased Nadal’s record career Grand Slam haul to 22, and Lopez has paid tribute to his compatriot.
"When he is healthy there are very few players who can beat him," Lopez told Marca.
"We have long run out of words to describe what Rafa does. You have to enjoy it because at 36 years old that a player is able to win two Grand Slams in the circumstances that he has, it is very difficult to explain in words what he is doing."
Rafael Nadal withdrawing from Wimbledon has been criticised in some quarters, with many believing he should have done so during the quarterfinal to allow Taylor Fritz to advance.
Others believe he should have continued through the pain, just as Novak Djokovic did at the 2021 Australian Open.
Lopez, though, thinks Nadal ultimately made the correct call.
"I think it's the best decision he could make because of the circumstances," Lopez explained.
"Rafa plays the Grand Slams to win them and it doesn't make sense for him to jump on the court in those conditions.
"There is also the risk of hurting himself more and endangering the rest of the season."
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