“I don’t know how much longer Rafael Nadal…”, says the legend
Rafael Nadal has achieved another feat in his extraordinary career at Roland Garros. The Spanish champion was forced to undergo continuous foot injections to compete in Paris and, despite his physical condition, he managed to overcome all obstacles.
The Mallorcan lifted the Musketeers Cup to heaven for the fourteenth time and gained another advantage in the fight for the Grand Slam record with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at 22 Majors. Nadal’s coach Carlos Moyá revealed the background to a painful but special victory in an exclusive interview with Eurosport.
“It was a unique experience, a Grand Slam very different from the others. We are used to living unforgettable experiences. It was the first year that Rafa arrived at Roland Garros without having won any tournaments on clay”, explained Moya .
“After the defeat against Shapovalov in Rome, we didn’t know if he would play in Paris. After beating Moutet in the second round, he couldn’t walk. The next day we had planned a training session at 12:00, but we moved it to 6:00 p.m.
and it only lasted 20 minutes. Rafa doesn’t like it, he has to train for at least an hour on his rest day. I always say the same thing: it’s Rafa Nadal. Despite the adversities that come his way, he always finds a way to overcome them and move forward.
If people saw everything that happened last month, they would appreciate Nadal a lot more. Not that I’m surprised, because I have the greatest confidence in him. If you think about it, he won 14 Roland Garros, it’s hard not to admire him.”
McEnroe praises Rafa Nadal
John McEnroe argues that winning the 2022 Wimbledon Championships might be the toughest task for Rafael Nadal. “The hardest thing about Rafa is going to be this one for me because if you believe what he said at Roland Garros, he injected himself in his foot during some, if not all of his games.
I can’t believe you decided not to do this. I don’t know how he did it in the first place, and he’s still capable of winning seven games and looking amazing, right? The guy looked amazing,” McEnroe said. Speaking to the media, the former USA player further revealed what he would do if he were in Nadal’s shoes when it comes to the foot problem. chronicle of the Spaniard.
“If I’m 36 I don’t know how much longer I’m going to play, for the Slam I’d start pulling that foot again and I’d go through Wimbledon and the Open. That would be me. He may be able to play a few more years.
He also talked about wanting to be able to walk when he has kids. It’s a risk no athlete wants to take,” McEnroe said.