Rafael Nadal says injuries hurt him ‘every day’


Following his round of 16 victory over David Goffin – which was decided by a huge third-set tiebreaker – Nadal limped into his post-match press conference, prompting a reporter to ask him about his apparent discomfort.

“No, don’t worry,” replied the 21-time Grand Slam champion. “When I play, sometimes my foot hurts. If you saw me every day, you wouldn’t be worried. My foot always hurts, especially after playing a three-hour game or a long training session. I finish by walking a little badly.

“But I have a chronic injury that has no treatment. It’s part of my life, and that’s the downside of not being able to finish the game earlier. In the short term, I think I’m fine. , physically speaking, but also, speaking for my feet, he has to adapt to the competition, he has to adapt to the stress that matches like today impose on me.

“In the short term, as I said, it’s fine, but I’m also aware for tomorrow. It’s a bit more complicated because tomorrow I can wake up with more problems and you have to accept it and deal with it. face.”

Nadal has been plagued by injuries throughout his career and has just returned from a rib injury sustained in Indian Wells in March which at one point appeared to threaten his appearance at the upcoming French Open.

Last year alone, Nadal struggled with a back injury at the start of the season and was then forced to miss the second half of 2021 with a foot injury. This timeout meant he was unable to compete at Wimbledon and the Olympics.

All of those ailments then only made it all the more impressive that he was able to win his record 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open in early 2022 en route to a personal best 20-0 early in the season. season.

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