Rafael Nadal practically left the 2023 Australian Open with fractured bones. The American McDonald eliminated the Spanish champion in the second round, preventing him from successfully defending the crown he sensationally won the previous year.
Due to his normal physical issues, Rafa hasn’t been able to express himself at his best for a while. At the conclusion of the AOs, the former world No. 1 will fall out of the Top 5 and may even have to say goodbye to the Top 10 after more than 900 continuous weeks.
Even worse, during the match in Melbourne versus McDonald, the Iberian sustained a second-degree ileo-psoas injury. The 22-time Grand Slam champion will have to spend nearly two months in the pits before making a comeback on the Montecarlo red clay.
The 36-year-old from Manacor will undoubtedly miss the ATP 500 in Dubai, and it’s questionable whether he’ll play in Indian Wells or Miami in the early spring. The 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli spoke on Rafael Nadal‘s future in a lengthy interview with “RMC Sport.”
Bartoli challenges Rafa Nadal first.
The tennis expert Marion Bartoli was inevitably questioned about Rafael Nadal‘s fresh injury following his loss in the Open’s second round this Wednesday on the RMC Sport program, the Super Moscato Show.
Australia. “He is not lying, but I believe he has an objective that he has set for himself: to compete in one final Roland-Garros. Nobody anticipated he would win the Roland-Garros he won in 2022, his previous year of competition. He reportedly had a terrible foot and could not walk.
(…) He has the recipe and the secret formula to be ready on this surface, even if it breaks everywhere and is challenging. If you don’t know how to be prepared, you won’t win Roland-Garros fourteen times. I believe he will impose this final deadline.
Rafael Nadal can actually begin to think about the alternatives if he truly believes that his current strategy is failing. “He can decide which match to play last, where to play last, and how to plan his retirement so that it resembles Roger Federer‘s jubilee,” remarked Marion Bartoli of Rafael Nadal.
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.”