Is Roland Garros in danger for Rafa Nadal?: "I'm sad, right now I can't play"

Rafael Nadal lived this Thursday in the Rome Masters one of the most difficult games of his career. Denis Shapovalov was faced with the idea of ​​seeking qualification for the quarterfinals, after a more than brilliant debut in the tournament against John Isner. But misfortune crossed their path: after winning the first set with absolute solvency (1-6), in the second they emerged in a more than serious way. his left foot problemswhich ended up enveloping him in tears.

The Spanish tennis player felt really comfortable on the clay of the Foro Italico, where he had great sensations while he was healthy. In fact, after defeating Isner, he asked his team to reserve a track to continue training: he was so comfortable and at such a high level that he did not want to miss the opportunity to continue improving. He could even see in the first set against Shapovalov the good game he was having… until his foot said ‘enough’.

Nadal, physically diminished, falls to Shapovalov in Rome (1-6, 7-5 and 6-2)

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It is well known that Nadal suffers from a chronic disease in his left foot, known as Müller-Weiss, which is nothing more than the rupture of the scaphoid due to stress. This situation means that, continuously, suffer from pain in his foot, something he lives with and has been able to deal with throughout his career. But, in recent months, he has been suffering more than usual because of this problem, which even forced him to undergo surgery a few months ago and which, this Thursday, punished him excessively.

And it is that, after a brilliant first set, in the middle of the second sleeve began to notice an intense pain in his foot that diminished. So much so that he couldn’t even compete on the track. He had the match very well under control, controlled to pass the round… but the discomfort grew with the passing of the minutes, to the point that he was seen limping and bringing his hands to his face in pain, aware that he could not compete. At the end of the press conference, she confirmed the worst omens.

“The first thing I need is to be pain-free so I can train. Right now I can’t playBut maybe in a few days things will get better. In Paris, I will have my doctor with me and that may help me, but I don’t know. I am very sad, but I have no choice but to accept what happened and fight to move on, even if it is not easy for me at the moment. I don’t know how I’ll be in a few days, I’m going to talk to my doctor, but I hope I can go to ParisNadal explained.

And it is that the problem that this injury generates is that prevents you from moving normally on the track, to the point of making him feel such intense pain that he cannot run, support to hit, or brake normally. For any player, it would be an absolutely limiting problem, but much more so for someone like Nadal, in whom the basis of his game is in the fight, the fight and the effort on the track. With so much pain, it seems impossible to be able to compete with guarantees.

Nadal’s press conference after the match.

“It’s a permanent pain, sometimes more and sometimes less, but this Thursday was crazy. Pain takes away my happiness, there will come a time when my head says enough. Not just for tennis, but for my life. I like to play, I like to compete, but living with pain is very hard. I only hope that my foot allows me to continue competing”, explained Nadal. “Unfortunately, my day to day is difficult, it is frustrating to see that for days I cannot train continuously”, he confessed.

It will be in 9 days, on May 22, when Roland Garros begins, Nadal’s fetish tournament. But the problems that he drags on his left foot have set off all the alarms about Spanish: will he be able to play? If he plays, will he be fit to compete? Could it suffer throughout the tournament? These are answers that only Nadal himself can answer, but surely he will fight to try to be on the Parisian clay despite the severe setback suffered at the Rome Masters.

Rafael Nadal lived this Thursday in the Rome Masters one of the most difficult games of his career. Denis Shapovalov was faced with the idea of ​​seeking qualification for the quarterfinals, after a more than brilliant debut in the tournament against John Isner. But misfortune crossed their path: after winning the first set with absolute solvency (1-6), in the second they emerged in a more than serious way. his left foot problemswhich ended up enveloping him in tears.

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