'He always tried to watch Rafael Nadal's games', says ATP star

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'He always tried to watch Rafael Nadal's games', says ATP star

Of course, the best version of Rafael Nadal is still far away. In what was his return to activity after his stumble at Roland Garros, the Spanish tennis player revealed the discomfort that he continues to feel in his foot and that had prevented him from playing Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.

The current world number three recognized after his triumph in his debut in the ATP 500 in Washington, where he defeated Jack Sock, that “my foot bothered me a little more than necessary, that's not good news, but good news.

The news is that I have found a way to win the game, get ahead and that gives me the opportunity to play again." Nadal showed his desire that his pains "get better little by little", although he admitted that otherwise, he will have to look for "other solutions" "The foot has to help me a little.

At the moment he is not doing it, "the tennis player confessed with resignation. There are times that hurt me more and others that less. After the gravel season I have had a bad time and now we have to go back," he added.

Rafa reappeared in Washington after almost two months away from the slopes, having given up competing at Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics after his defeat in the Roland Garros semifinals against Serbian Novak Djokovic. Nadal, seeded number 1 of the tournament and who needed this victory to maintain his place in the ranking, will face the South African Lloyd Harris, world number 50 in the second round of this ATP 500 tomorrow.

Korda talks about Rafael Nadal

Sebastian Korda got the opportunity to train with Rafael Nadal ahead of his Citi Open campaign in Washington earlier this week. The American was left awe-struck at the end of the session, and even called the experience a "dream come true"

"Being able to train with him now is a dream come true," Korda was quoted as saying by Punto de Break. "Hopefully we can meet many more times on the court. My agent had always told me that training with Nadal is something different and to prepare myself for a unique intensity," he added.

"Since I started playing tennis I have felt enormous admiration for him," Korda said. "I remember that I started traveling the world when I was 8 years old, accompanying my father when he trained Radek Stepanek, and he always tried to watch Rafa's games.

Once in Miami, he came out of the locker room and when he saw me he stopped to greet me," he added. "I was paralyzed, he was my great idol."