10 minutes from Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal on his injury: “There will come a time when my head will say stop”

Rafael Nadal asked. Ten days before Roland Garros, the Spaniard was knocked out in the round of 16 in Rome, beaten by Canadian Denis Shapovalov (1-6, 7-5, 6-2). The most worrying thing is not the defeat. It is this left foot that still causes him problems. Which greatly handicapped the Spaniard’s movements in the third inning. Which largely explains why he has postponed only 3 of the last 20 points in this game. And that could call into question his ambitions for the Paris tournament, for which he has lifted the trophy 13 times.

The Majorcan is therefore not at the end of his sentences with this foot that had already caused the premature end of his season last year, as early as August. It’s not really a relapse. Rather a chronic evil that he cannot get rid of. “I’m not hurt… I live with an injury, he explained after his defeat against Shapovalov. it there is nothing new. That’s it … My daily life is difficult. I try my best but sometimes it’s hard to accept this situation. There are many days when I can’t train normally. “

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Nadal did not suffer at the beginning of the match. And that resulted in a demonstration of the Spaniard in the first set, reported 6-1. It looks like he’s leaving to unfold and follow the road in the tournament, with a duel between Norvégien Casper Ruud in the quarterfinals. “The worst thing for me today is that I really felt so much betterhe lamented. I played much better at the beginning of the game. Even my workout and warm-up were clearly the best as ever. ”

“Today was crazy”

But the pain eventually caught up with him. And it has intensified to become too difficult to bear. Nadal had the merit of not throwing in the towel. But he really couldn’t fight in those conditions. “It started about the middle of the second sethe confided. And it became unbearable for me. It is a pain that comes and goes. Sometimes stronger, sometimes less. Today was crazy. There will come a time when my head will say stop, because the pain takes away my pleasure. Not just for tennis, in life. “

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He will not get rid of it. What Muller-Weiss Syndrome Nadal Must Live With. And composer, beyond the pain, with all the uncertainties that this implies. “I don’t know what it will be like in two days, in a weekhe let go. Today I couldn’t play. It may be that in two days it will be better. I’m really not saying that. I have to accept the situation and fight. I can’t say more. I don’t know if I should rest or train. “

Nadal made a thunderous return at the start of the year, lined up 21 consecutive victories and winning the Australian Open. A rib injury at Indian Wells in early March had forced him to take a break until the Madrid tournament, where he had bowed out to Carlos Alcaraz in the quarter-finals. The preparation for Roland-Garros is now accompanied by many uncertainties. “I always have a goal in a week and a few dayshe insisted. I will dream of that goal. At Roland Garros, I will have my doctor with me. It can help. ”

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