Rafael Nadal says there isn’t any other choice.

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The worst predictions came true on Thursday morning. A grade 2 iliopsoas injury to Rafael Nadal‘s left leg developed during his match against Mackenzie McDonald in the Australian Open’s second round. The second-ranked player in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, who had an MRI in Melbourne before flying back to Spain, will be out for six to eight weeks, according to a statement released by his management. In the eighth game of the second set against the American, Nadal had excruciating pain in the affected area.

Despite the difficulty, he completed the game, which he ultimately lost 6-4, 6-4, 7-5. The degree of the injury to the iliopsoas in the Spaniard’s left leg was determined by the MRI under the supervision of Dr. ngel Ruiz-Cotorro from the Teknon Clinic, despite the fact that he did not want to reveal the diagnosis at the post-match news conference. Nadal is currently on a sports rest and will engage in anti-inflammatory physiotherapy work over the next few days. He has played a total of four games in 2023 (with a 1-3 record).

In the press room following the match, Nadal stated, “I’m exhausted, unhappy, and disappointed.” “I assume that from this point forward, as things develop, the right choices will be taken because I want to keep playing tennis. Having stated that, please don’t assume that I wish to go back; this is not the case, but I don’t feel good right now.” It is obvious that I have once again failed to finish any of the last three Grand Slams in good shape: two abdominal tears, and I’m not sure what’s going on with my hip in this situation “, the 22-time Grand Slam champion remembered.

You don’t have to fake yourself and give an upbeat speech when you aren’t feeling it today. “We can come here, put on a brave face — which I do — and accept things — which I also do.”

Rafa Nadal wasn’t at his peak.

Rafael Nadal has stated unequivocally that he won’t take any extreme measures to get back on the court sooner.

“I’m neither gloomy nor upbeat at the moment; instead, I’m cautious. We’ll have to wait and see what the physicians recommend. The only choice is to accept events as they are, “He spoke out. “I’ve never done something insane that would make me want to leave early.

I’m just hoping it won’t be too lengthy, “Added he. The Spaniard’s participation in the Australian Open was over after his defeat against Mackenzie McDonald (6-4, 6-4, 7-5).