Just a few days ago, Rafael Nadal underwent surgery to correct the injury to his left foot that forced him into the pits for the rest of 2021. The last appearance on a tennis court for the Spanish native of Mallorca dates back to the tournament in Washington, before the US Open, when the South African Lloyd Harris eliminated him, who would then also reach the second week of the American slam.
A defeat that ended 2021 for Nadal with only two new trophies on the showcase: the ATP 500 of Barcelona won after a grueling battle in the final against Stefanos Tsitsipas and the Master 1000 of Rome, won against Novak Djokovic just before a Roland Garros that seemed destined to end up in the hands of the Iberian, thus delivering him the slam number twenty-one that would have allowed him to detach the two rivals of all time in the particular ranking.
But the surprising and clear defeat against the Serbian number one in the world in the semifinal of the Parisian slam and the consequent injury upset the plans of Nadal, who now continues to share the supremacy of the slam won together with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Nadal was forced to end his 2021 season early
Rafael Nadal was forced to end his 2021 season early after his chronic foot injury resurfaced during the North American hardcourt swing. The Spaniard's last professional match was at the ATP 500 event in Washington, when he was taken down by Lloyd Harris in the third round.
"I've been better, but I'm fine. A little sore from the foot," Nadal was quoted as saying by Punto de Break. "It is a time that is a bit complicated on a personal and professional level. Honestly, with the illusion of improving and facing a process that is going to be difficult and painful at some point, but that I have to go through to get back in a position to fight for what I want.
I am determined to do it." Nadal claimed that the recurrence of his injury was "not in the script," but asserted that scripts don't necessarily dictate your life. "The script was playing at Wimbledon, the Olympics or the US Open," the Spaniard said.
"In the script was not being lame today (laughs). I've been lame for a few days. But the scripts are not to be followed to the letter. You have to adapt and accept things as they come."