Roland-Garros – Injury – Rafael Nadal is better but he is preparing to play in pain

Roland-Garros – Injury – Rafael Nadal is better but he is preparing to play in pain

Friday is reserved at Roland-Garros for the traditional “Media day”, where the main headliners of the tournament pass in front of the press to deliver their feelings at the time of approaching the fortnight. No other player was arguably more eagerly awaited than Rafael Nadal, whose foot injury eight days ago in Rome in his round of 16 against Denis Shapovalov was worrying to say the least.

As we no longer do it to him, the Mallorcan expected to be questioned on THE hot topic concerning him. His (too) famous left foot. He knew it, if not satisfied with it. “Of course I will answer questions, but I will not spend all my time talking about my foot although I understand that it is normal, because of what happened in Rome“, he slipped.

One thing is certain, the Spanish champion is there and there for the start of the Parisian Grand Slam. This is already a first satisfaction after the big alert from Foro Italico. “What happened in Rome is something that happens to me very often in training, he confided. Afterwards, I suffered for a few days, but I feel better.”

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However, he is preparing to play at Roland-Garros without being totally 100%. Asked about the possibility of playing a full fortnight without experiencing the slightest pain, he was very clear. “I don’t think like that he admits. And I don’t think that’s the goal. The pain is still there. The question is not whether it will go away but how tolerable it is to allow me to play here with a real chance.”

Words in line with those he had made just after Rome, when he had defined himself in this way: “I am not injured, I live with an injury.“This week, Porte d’Auteuil, his first training sessions were rather reassuring, including the one with Sebastian Korda on Friday, even if it is obviously during the matches, and faced with the repetition of these, that he will know and we will with him to what extent he can express himself during this tournament, during which he will aim for a 22nd Grand Slam title, a 14th at Roland-Garros. “If I didn’t think it was possible (to win), I probably wouldn’t be here“, he assures.

Rafael Nadal knows it, at any time, every game, every point, every race, his body can let go, starting with his foot. “I live with it every day, adds world number 5, so it’s neither really new nor a surprise to me. I just work as hard as I can, train as best I can. My real goal is to put myself in a position to be as healthy as possible and play as well as possible to have a chance to do well..”

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