Rafael Nadal: 'Sensations are not measured daily'

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Rafael Nadal: 'Sensations are not measured daily'

Rafael Nadal injured his back in Adelaide before the Australian Open, missed the ATP Cup and reached the quarter-finals in the first Major of the season. Nadal claimed four wins in straight sets and opened a two-set lead against Stefanos Tsitsipas before losing the next three.

Returning to action in April, Nadal lost to Andrey Rublev in the Monte Carlo quarter-finals and edged out Tsitsipas in the Barcelona final after three hours and 40 minutes for his first ATP title since October last year. Alexander Zverev stopped Nadal in Madrid, and the Spaniard rallied in Rome to claim the 36th Masters 1000 crown, beating Novak Djokovic in the final.

The Serbian took revenge in the Roland Garros semi-final on his way to his 19th Major title, and Rafa had to skip the next two weeks due to severe foot pain, missing Wimbledon and the Olympics. The Spaniard played two games in Washington in August before ending the season after realizing he couldn't do much in the coming months.

Nadal made an appearance on practice courts

Rafael Nadal recently revealed that he cannot provide a timeframe on his return to action, but asserted that he is working hard to regain full fitness. Nadal stressed that he wants to fully recover from his injury before making any decisions on his comeback.

"I want to recover from the injury to return in top condition," Rafael Nadal was quoted as saying by Heraldo. "I don't know when I'll play again, I work a lot every day, I follow a specific plan, obviously with a marked road map and very clear objectives."

Nadal said he is currently in the "process of recovery," but added that he is a "little cautious" with how things are progressing. "I am in a process of recovery, of work, with a progressive increase in loads and sensations are not measured daily," Rafael Nadal said.

"You have to be a little cautious, look a little in the medium term." Because of his foot injury, Nadal called off his 2021 season before the US Open. However, fans were excited for his return to the tour next year until he gave a sobering update.

Moreover, Nadal also made an appearance on practice courts after a long time. But unfortunately, the Spaniard raised more concerns regarding his return to the ATP Tour. So far, his return date remains unknown. Hopefully, Nadal will overcome his injury and will soon compete on the men’s circuit. Let’s see if he makes it in time for the Australian Open 2022.