The Australian Open winning streak of Rafael Nadal was broken on Wednesday by American Mackenzie McDonald. Midway through the second set, the Spanish star, who had been having trouble from the beginning of the match, suffered a hip/thigh injury.
Despite resolutely staying on the court, the former world number one was unable to save the match. Many people pondered whether this would be the defending champion’s final appearance at Melbourne Park as he bid farewell to the competition to cheers at the Rod Laver Arena.
The 36-year-old Manacor resident has had several challenges lately, in part because of his customary physical issues. The Iberian has not been able to fully recover from the abdominal strain he sustained at Wimbledon and has only been successful in a small number of matches.
Rafa disclosed that he has an iliopsoas injury of the second degree on his Twitter profile. The Spaniard might immediately return to the courts on clay after missing six to eight weeks of action. While Nadal‘s participation at Indian Wells and Miami is still up in the air, he will undoubtedly miss the ATP 500 in Dubai.
Alex Corretja remarked on Rafa Nadal‘s future in the Eurosport microphones, saying, “We know that Rafa will do everything until the conclusion of his career, even though he is currently mentally wrecked. After Roland Garros, he won’t stop playing, in my opinion; he will continue.
He will continue to play till he can no longer. He probably won’t retire after Roland Garros. Of course, dealing with all of these wounds and the ensuing healing is difficult, but he will do every effort to reach Paris in excellent shape. I don’t think anything will change even if he doesn’t win another Slam. Mats Wilander added his thoughts on Nadal, saying, “McDonald forced him to run everywhere and that technique caused Rafa’s injury. Rafa was never able to control the match.”
Rafa will miss roughly two months.
Toni Nadal, Rafael Nadal‘s uncle and former long-time coach, can only dream of witnessing his nephew stage yet another remarkable comeback.
In a blog for El Pais, Toni Nadal stated, “My hope is now concentrated on seeing him, once again, raising his head and battling to be at Roland Garros defending his options.” “Let’s hope that his body responds because I think he will not lack for devotion or the ability to suffer.
The Spanish coach stated, “I remain cautious and, undoubtedly, glad to see the tremendous ovation that the Australian public dedicated to Rafael when he bid goodbye this Wednesday at the Rod Laver Arena.