‘It’s hard to accept the situation’
Nadal suffers greatly and is eliminated
05/13/2022, 01:05 AM
Professional tennis player Rafael Nadal suffers badly in Rome in the third set of his match against Denis Shapovalov, in the end the Spaniard loses. After the match gives insight into his health. He accepted the situation, but it was difficult.
Rafael Nadal is one of the greatest tennis players in history, and no one has won as many Grand Slam tournaments as the Spaniards. But recently, concerns have been mounting about the tall Spaniard, who has long suffered from a chronic foot injury. Now there’s a new chapter in the 35-year-old’s saga: Nadal, who has been hit hard, was eliminated in the round of 16 at the Tennis Masters in Rome.
The third-seeded Spaniard lost to Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-1, 5-7, 2-6. In the third set, Nadal led 1-0 again through a break, but then his strength visibly diminished. In particular, the last injured foot seemed to be causing major problems for the Spaniard. His gait wasn’t round, he had a lot of trouble jumping off the serve, and in the middle of the last sentence Nadal mutilated his face several times, apparently in great pain.
“Sometimes my feet hurt when I play. If you see me every day you won’t worry. I always have pain in my feet, especially after a three-hour match or a long training session. Then I can’t run well,” he explained in Madrid last week, now he told the press conference that “He wasn’t hurt, he’s a player with an injury.” Even if he’s living with it, it’s hard to accept the situation.
Wounded for months in 2021, Nadal got off to a great start to the current season: In Melbourne, the clay court king won the Australian Open on hard ground and, with 20 straight wins, celebrated his best start to the season. of his long career. At least on Thursday it looked if Nadal would return fit in time for the French Open (May 22-June 5), which he has already won thirteen times.
World number one Novak Djokovic had no problem in Rome. The Serbian beat Swiss 37-year-old Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-2 on his return after a 15-month hiatus due to injury.