Rafael Nadal unveiled, after his defeat in the round of 16 in Rome against the canadian Denis Shapovalov (1-6, 7-5 and 6-2), that if he does not take “any anti-inflammatory” he will be “lame”, in addition to pointing out that he is not injured, but is a “player who lives with an injury”.
Nadal’s chronic injury to his left foot, known as Müller-Weiss syndrome, has left him out of one of his favorite tournaments, the one in Rome. The Balearic returned to play at the level he had before the injury to his ribs, which has kept him off the slopes for almost two monthsand beat his rival in the first set with a resounding 6-1, but the foot prevented him from keeping up.
“It’s hard to understand my day to day, I don’t intend to play the victim. I have what I have, tomorrow I’m going to wake up fatal because I’m not going to take anything, I live with lots of anti-inflammatories because otherwise I can’t train,” he assured in Press conference.
It is difficult to understand my day to day, I do not intend to play the victim. I have what I have, tomorrow I’m going to wake up terrible because I’m not going to take anything, I live with lots of anti-inflammatories because otherwise I can’t train
“If I don’t take any anti-inflammatory I go lame. Continue like this until I put up with the subject and my head says enough“, go.
In addition, he pointed out that it is not that he is injured at the moment, but that he lives with an injury: “I am not injured, I am a player who lives with an injury, it is there and my day to day is complicated. I try, but it is difficult for me Many days I can’t train well, today in the middle of the second set it appeared to me“.
“You have to move well to compete at the highest level and I can’t do it at all. I just have to fight, I have to come back and now I’m sad, It’s a tournament that I like a lot and being out is something I don’t like. But you have to value everything positively, you have to accept it and move on,” he said.
I play to be happy, but of course, pain takes away your happiness, and not just to play but to live. My problem is that many days I live with too much pain. I enjoy what I do, but it gives me many days of unhappiness
“There will come a day when my head tells me enough. I play to be happy, but of course, pain takes away your happiness, and not to play but to live. My problem is that many days I live with too much pain. I enjoy what I do, but it gives me many days of unhappiness.
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Despite the defeat, Nadal was far superior to his rival in the first set, in which he beat him 6-1: “For a while I have played at my best level since I came back, I am not going to stop believing or to fight to stop creating an opportunity for myself. I’m not going to fail in that, I’m going to do it in the best possible way. In case there is a remote possibility, be prepared to fight it. That I know how to do it“.
I will not stop believing or fighting to stop generating an opportunity for myself. In that I will not fail, I will do it in the best possible way
Hurt by staying out of Rome earlier than he would have liked, Nadal revealed that he does not know how to be at Roland Garros: “I don’t know what will happen tomorrow, I don’t know what will happen in two weeks“. Although what he does know is that he will be able to count on his medical team in the French capital: “that will help me”.
“Let’s look ahead, my head is still ready to take on the challenge. I still believe that I will have my options next week. I just have to get my feet to allow me to play. I am confident, I have seen positive things“, sentenci.