Record 21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal reveals he couldn't walk for two weeks after last year's French Open. Nadal, 35, failed to win his 14th French Open title last year as he was defeated by Novak Djokovic in the semifinal.
Nadal was hampered by a foot issue during the whole tournament and it affected his performance. “I tried to stay as positive as possible and that is it,” Nadal said when reflecting on his recovery. “We didn’t practise running or movement work [last year].
After Roland Garros, I couldn’t walk for two weeks. Then I was not ready to go to Washington or Toronto but I wanted to try. But the two months of training before that were terrible. “Winning [at the Australian Open] was so important.
But being competitive and enjoying the competition was what was so emotional for me, being able to play in a huge stadium with fans again”.
Nadal played just one tournament in the rest of 2021
After the French Open, Nadal skipped Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.
Nadal returned to action in Washigton, where he suffered a shock round-of-16 defeat to Lloyd Harris. Shortly after, Nadal announced his 2021 season was over. Nadal is 15-0 in 2022 as he has victories at the Melbourne Summer Set, Australian Open and Acapulco.
Nadal is hoping to continue hit outstanding start to the year in Indian Wells and win his fourth title this year. “I have been here for more than a week,” Nadal added. “I always enjoy it here. It is one of my favourite tournaments without a doubt.
I take it day by day, just trying to enjoy the moment. It is unexpected for me to be in this position, so I am enjoying it every day and trying to enjoy the fact I am playing well. I have already won three titles this year and that is amazing for me”.