Rafael Nadal: Injuries leave him in pain ‘every day’

After beating David Goffin in the Round of 16 – decided by the third set tiebreak – Nadal He walked in limp at 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, my feet sometimes hurt. If you see me every day, you won’t worry. I always feel sore in my feet, especially after playing a three-hour game or long training. I end up walking a little badly.”

“But I have a chronic injury that has no cure. It’s part of my life, and that’s the downside of not being able to finish the match early. In the short term, I think I’m fine, physically, but also talking about my feet, he has to adapt to the competition. To adapt to the pressure that matches like today are under.

“In the short time, like I said, it’s okay, but I’m also aware of tomorrow. It’s a little more complicated because tomorrow I can wake up with more problems and we have to accept and face them.”

Nadal has struggled with injuries throughout his career and is just coming back from A rib injury He struggled at Indian Wells in March, which at one point looked like it could threaten his participation in the upcoming French Open.

Last year alone, Nadal suffered a back injury early in the season and then had to miss the second half of 2021 with a foot injury. That deadline means he is unable to compete in Wimbledon and the Olympics.

All these ailments made it all the more impressive then that he was able to win his record-breaking Grand Slam at the Australian Open at the start of 2022 and is on his way to a personal best score of 20-0 at the start of the season.

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