The second part of the season for Rafael Nadal was unfortunately affected by the injury to his left foot which prevented him from expressing himself at his best starting from the match he won against Jack Sock in Washington.
After missing Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, the Spaniard tried to compete in the American ATP 500 tournament, but already during the second round match, which was later won with Sock, the first warning signs arrived. In fact, the Majorcan moved rather badly on the pitch and showed a strong discomfort in his foot.
The negative feelings that everyone felt at the end of the match with the American were subsequently confirmed, because Nadal struggled even more against Lloyd Harris, who defeated him in three sets while still playing tennis of the highest quality.
A few days before the start of the Toronto Masters 1000, the 20-time Grand Slam champion announced that he would not be taking part in the Canadian tournament. After consulting the doctors and carrying out various checks on the extent of the injury, Nadal finally decided to undergo a particular treatment, not a real operation, and to close his season prematurely.
According to the latest statements released by Nadal, the real goal is to return to play without worries at the beginning of 2022 and play his chances at the Australian Open.
Nadal has been away from competitive tennis since July
Former French Open doubles champiom Patrick McEnroe believes Rafael Nadal can win multiple Roland Garros titles in the future if the Spaniard's body holds up.
"If he stays healthy, he (Nadal) could end up winning one to three more French Opens," McEnroe was quoted as saying by Tennis.com. "That's a reasonable argument to make. It’s harder to make an argument that he can win multiple other majors at this point."
In the men’s game, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been two of the most dominant players. Whenever these two athletes step on the court and compete against each other, fans are surely in for a treat. As tennis has shifted to Paris, the last ATP Masters 1000 event of the season, Jim Courier talked about Novak and Nadal and stated, “I think honestly the only thing that pops to my mind is if Rafael Nadal doesn’t like really playing on a lower bouncing indoor court.
But Novak kind of separates a little there, that guy is great everywhere”. Coming to the present season, Djokovic had one of the best seasons of his career by winning the first three Grand Slam events. Sadly, he was unable to lift the US Open after losing to Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.