It speaks for itself, the picture. Rafael Nadal walks slowly toward the tunnel leading to the changing rooms while carrying a backpack on his shoulder. The stamp appears after his defeat in a Grand Slam was once again primarily caused by physical issues.
This time, the hip kept him from giving Mackenzie McDonald his all-out effort. When discomfort surfaced in the second set, the defending champion and top seed resisted the urge to give up. And in the second round of the Australian Open, he was defeated by the American by scores of 6-4, 6-4, and 7-5.
After the game, Nadal expressed his disappointment, sadness, and exhaustion in the press room. I assume that suitable decisions will be made as things develop because I want to keep playing tennis. Having stated that, please don’t assume that I wish to back off; this is not the case, but I don’t feel good right now. The 36-year-old Spaniard spoke frankly about a predicament that was becoming more frequent.
He has experienced substantial physical discomfort during the last three Grand Slams, which has required a lengthy recuperation period. The 22-time Grand Slam champion remembered, “It is apparent that it is again the case that I have not been able to finish any of the last three Grand Slams in excellent condition: two abdominal tears, here I am unsure of what is happening with the hip.
You must not deceive yourself and make an optimistic speech when you are not today. “We can come here, put on a brave face — which is what I do — and accept everything — which I also do.” The Spaniard could not hide his sadness less than an hour after bidding farewell to the Australian Open: “I have never been in a position to complain.
I have no right to complain because life has provided and continues to offer me so many good things, but it is obvious that things are occurring because in sports, the glass fills up and a point arrives when the water can spill out.
Becker discusses Rafa Nadal.
Becker thought about Rafael Nadal‘s contribution to the sport during a conversation with Eurosport.
He is not a legendary tennis player. He is a sports legend and one of the most significant athletes of the past 25 years, according to the 55-year-old. Will he continue to play after turning 40? I don’t think so; Nadal‘s loss to McDonald at the Australian Open and his injury yesterday are already a first step on the road to his retirement. An injury like this is difficult, and at this age, getting back in shape takes much longer.