“There are times when it’s hard to accept that”

Rafael Nadal was knocked out in the round of 16 of the ATP 1000 in Rome, in a game marred by the Spaniard’s obvious pain in his foot.

The world number four practically limped out and in the end confirmed the issues, not hiding the disappointment. “I’m not injured, I’m a tennis player who lives with an injury. It’s nothing new but, unfortunately, my daily life is difficult. I try hard but there are times when it’s difficult to ‘accepting this situation, it’s frustrating to see that for days I can’t train with continuity’he admitted in a press conference, later detailing the moment he felt pain in the duel with Denis Shapovalov.

“There was a big pain in the middle of the second set and it was absolutely impossible for me to play. I don’t want to take credit for Denis, he deserved to win and there is credit for him”mentioned.

Returning to the foot pain, Nadal continued to elaborate. “It’s a permanent pain, sometimes more, sometimes less, but today was crazy. I would like to say something else, to talk about tennis but that’s it. With as much experience as I have, it’s hard to deal with how I feel. When I am not able to move well, everything is very difficult. The worst thing is that I feel that I have returned to a good level, I have felt very positive things in training and in competition. I don’t know what to do now, or whether I should rest or train. Going to Roland Garros remains my goal.he admitted, not hiding his fear of missing the tournament.

“First, what I need is not to be in pain to train. At the moment it’s impossible to play but maybe in a few days it will be better. I’ll give birth to my doctor and it might help, but I don’t know. I’m very sad but I have no other remedy than to accept what happened and fight to keep moving forward, even if it’s not easy, I don’t know how I’ll be in a few days, I’m going to talk to my doctor about it, but I hope to be able to go to Roland Garros.he concluded.

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