The 20-time Major winner Rafael Nadal will skip the rest of the season due to a foot injury, dealing with it since the Roland Garros semi-final. Since June, Rafa has played only two matches, and he decided to close the season, heel his foot, and come back stronger in 2022.
Still eager to fight for the notable title, Nadal underwent treatment on his foot in Barcelona and will work on his game and fitness in the upcoming months, hoping to get ready for the start of the next season. In his recent interview, Rafa said he feels fine but that he also had better days, with his foot still a bit sore.
Nadal claimed two ATP titles in 2021 but not the one he wanted the most after suffering the third Roland Garros defeat to Novak Djokovic in the semis. The Spaniard should wrap up the season inside the top-10 for the 17th straight time, as he still stands above his closest rivals, who will compete in the rest of the year.
Rafael Nadal says he still has slight issues with his foot.
Rafa injured his back in Adelaide ahead of the Australian Open, missing the ATP Cup and reaching the quarter-final at the season's first Major before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas from two sets to love up.
Returning to action in April, Nadal lost to Andrey Rublev in Monte Carlo and battled past Tsitsipas in the Barcelona final after three hours and 40 minutes for his first ATP title since October. Alexander Zverev halted Nadal in Madrid, and the Spaniard went on to lift the 36th Masters 1000 crown in Rome, beating Novak Djokovic in the final.
The Serb served revenge in the Roland Garros semi-final en route to his 19th Major title, and Rafa had to skip the next couple of weeks due to a sharp pain in his foot, missing Wimbledon and the Olympic Games. The Spaniard played two matches in Washington in August before calling it a season and focusing on 2022.
"I'm fine, but I've been better; my foot is still a bit sore. It's been a difficult time, but I have the illusion to improve and face this difficult path to continue playing. I played the US Open, Wimbledon and the Olympics in the script, but you can not follow every letter.
You have to know how to adapt to the circumstances and face what is coming. I have lived through incredible things and some tricky moments in the form of injuries, and we have come through. The clock does not stop, but I still have the illusion, and I'm going to do it again," Rafael Nadal said.