Roland-Garros 2022 – Rafael Nadal: “Between a new foot or winning the final? I’d rather lose on Sunday”

This is the magic of press conferences. Often the questions follow one another, and so do the answers, without anything atypical naked disturbing a tidy ceremony. And then, sometimes, there’s the one that flies. The question is well turned, falls at the right time and the following line catches everyone’s attention.

That’s what happened this Friday in the press room at Roland Garros. As Rafael Nadal’s press conference came to an end after qualifying for the final under special circumstances, a Spanish colleague was able to find the right turn to evoke the burning issue around the Spaniard: the condition of his foot and the resulting pain.

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Rafa, the images … the Iberian journalist began. You arrive at the hotel and it’s your birthday. There’s a lamp you’re rubbing and a genius comes out. He says to you, ‘Rafa, can I give you a brand new foot, with a beautiful scaphoid, in exchange for Sunday’s final? What do you answer?“The Spaniard did not hesitate for a long time.”I’d rather lose the final, no doubt“, he answered du tac-au-tac.

Rafael Nadal in his semi-final

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“Playing sports with my friends is still unknown”

All before developing. “My speech has not changed and neither has the way I see lifehe continued. In the end, having a brand new foot could make me happier on a daily basis. Winning is great, it allows you to fill yourself with adrenaline but life goes on. And life is far more important than any title. For me, after the career I have had, I always give my best to have as many physical options as possible. But I still have life ahead of me, I wish I could continue to play sports with my friends in an amateur way, and for now it’s still an unknown. “

If he wanted to remember that he felt good physically in this semi-final, where his difficulties were more caused by the humid conditions of the game, he also recalled that his body, and a fortiori his foot, martyred him. “It is necessary to be realistic and to assume the current limitshe explained. The pain is still there and, unfortunately for him, geniuses do not exist …

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