Rafael Nadal is used to overcoming adversity. For the rest of her year she has been focused on it

whether it is her chronic foot injury, broken ribs or her uncle Toni is trying to fix her fall. But Nadal still manages his 2022 record,

despite winning five sets defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime on Sunday which saw him reach his peak. "Thank you so much for playing another year here,"

said Nadal after his 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory. "Every game I play here, I don't want it to be my last game at Roland Garros. Thanks for continuing to live my dream."

There were times on Sunday when Nadal looked human. We are not used to seeing him tested like this at this stage. It was amazing. But then came a shotgun, and a hop,

skip, and three punch pumps, and everything was back to normal. The fact is, however, that Nadal's 2022 season is far from normal.

Nadal of the last 13 titles here in Paris is now a different athlete, a man who lives in constant pain

and always hopes that his body will marry the emotions of his mind on the field. Somehow there is still a connection that allows him to continue winning.

His victory at the Australian Open was a complete joke, as six weeks before the start of the tournament he was rumored to be retiring.

But over the next two days he went on to defend his 21st Grand Slam title. He went on to take over the Mexican Open, and as Djokovic's plan is unclear at the time,