The 14-time tournament winner has been plagued by frequent accidents since losing to Djokovic in the semi-finals of the same tournament a year ago.
In parallel to an incomparable career, Nadal has written a lengthy portion of the war. There aren’t nearly as many disturbing episodes as some of his biggest victories, with an exercise in existence that has given him added value, even from his own narrative. apart from being together Novak Djokovik You Roger FedererTwo of the best tennis players of all time, the Spaniard continues to fight against his physical integrity. “If he wins, it will be the biggest qualifying title in his entire career,” his coach Carlos Moy said before the final against Casper Roode.
From a semi-final loss to Djokovic on the same courts last year when an old injury to his left leg resurfaced, to a happy ending in this 2022 edition, Nadal has kind of gone through gymkana, an obstacle course fought with the courage that has characterized it since its inception. After that Roland Garros he could play only two more games in 2021, against a win in Washington jack sock and then defeat against Lloyd HarrisClarifying that the time to recovery and treatment was insufficient.
He stopped altogether for more than five months to find a solution to Müller-Weiss disease, which in one way or another haunted him for more than fifteen years and went off the alarm after raising two unfavorable sets . Ivan Ljubicic In the final of the Masters 1000 in Madrid in 2005. He appeared in plaster after an intervention last September, with no details given.When Djokovic was preparing to become the third man capable of chasing four greats on the same course if he won the United States Open, a company he was unsuccessful in.
He played an exhibition in Abu Dhabi at the end of 2021, before playing, already this year, the ATP 250 in Melbourne. I won it. After that he played the Australian Open. I won it, the tie was 20. to break up big companies Which he had with Federer and Djokovic. If their fourteenth Roland Garros was relegated by adversity and a diabolical draw, Melbourne, after lifting two sets and third in the final, went 3–2 down and 0–40. Daniil MedvedevNot far behind in terms of additional qualifications.
In context, and without ignoring the serious problems in the patellar tendon of his left knee that conditioned his performance for several seasons, such as 2012, when he fell in the second round at Wimbledon. Lucas Rosol And the eight months she spent on the chest, a period that worries us, acquires a dramatic component, only after she turns 36.
few hours before the final Rumors spread on social networks that this was Nadal’s last game. According to Radio Montecarlo, the Spaniard will have asked Federer to attend the match in Paris and this Monday he will officially announce his retirement from tennis. His press officer, Benito Pérez Barbadillo, was prepared to reject what he described as “fake news“. He will retire when he retires, but that’s all a lie,” he answered the call from this newspaper. He soon revealed that he also intended to play Wimbledon.
Since the tournament in Madrid, where he returned to the court after suffering a crack in the ribs at Indian Wells, Nadal has begun to handle a sad speech. Don’t try to build a rivalry with anyone, based on age Carlos AlcarazuWith whom he defeated in the semifinals in California and with whom he would lose in the quarterfinals at the Magic Box, his foot ailment was “chronic and incurable”, in short, his days as a professional player seemed numbered.
After a loss against Denis Shapovalov in the Round of 16 in Rome, he went even further, with several manifestations of leg damage. He didn’t know how long that “little head” would last, how he could deal with the pain. There were 10 days left for Roland Garros to start and it was logical to speculate whether he would play and if so, under what conditions he might compete.
Paras’ first three rounds had a calming effect. They were low-ranking rivals, but Nadal displayed careful, direct and solid tennis, not delaying his matches, while saving his efforts. already in the eighth, Felix Auger-Aliasimus, ninth in the world, sought five sets. Before the quarterfinal match with Djokovic, with almost a straight fight position for the title, he dressed in a low profile. He wanted to play for the day’s session and indicated that it could be his last match at Roland Garros. Their demands were not met. Play at Night He won one of the most impressive exhibitions in memory. animals It got him in more trouble than he anticipated before he was injured in the semi-finals. Vena Rudd, a young man educated in his image and likeness. As expected, better than the original Apprentice. Objective accomplished. As Nadal did not tire of repeating: “Here we come to drop everything.”
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