'It is very important that Rafael Nadal is...', says former ATP ace

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'It is very important that Rafael Nadal is...', says former ATP ace

Rafael Nadal has returned from Indian Wells with a broken rib, which will force him to rest for at least a month. The Spanish champion got off to a great start to the season, winning the Australian Open and winning the first 20 games played this year.

His exceptional streak was interrupted against Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final, also due to the aforementioned injury. The 35-year-old from Manacor will certainly miss the Masters 1000 in Monte Carlo, a tournament that has given him countless joys throughout his career.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion will do everything he can to get to Roland Garros in good condition, but he will have to wait a few weeks before taking his time off. Rafa's chances of returning to the top of the ATP rankings are reduced, a goal that seemed within reach given his formidable start to the season.

On Eurosport's microphones, Alex Corretja spoke at length about Nadal's injury. The former world number 1 got it during the semifinal against Carlos Alcaraz.

Corretja opens up on Rafa Nadal

"This injury for Rafael Nadal was absolutely unexpected," Corretja said.

"Honestly, he was in perfect form, with confidence, winning matches. It really was a perfect start for the season, but sometimes it can happen that when you haven't competed for a while you start to win many sets, many matches and that sometimes causes a new injury, as has been the case this time."

Corretja hopes the Spaniard can make a speedy recovery and compete at Roland Garros. "The real shame is that the best part of the season was coming for him: the clay. Now he is going to have to recover, go back to training, and hopefully, he can play a tournament prior to Roland Garros because really the expectations, and the hopes that he will win again in Paris, are very high.

Hopefully he will arrive in shape because I sincerely believe that it is very important that Nadal is on the circuit," he added. When will Rafael Nadal be back? This question has kept the minds of his fans occupied. Rafael Nadal’s doctor, Dr.

Cotorro, shed light upon his comeback and pressed on the point that his recovery is a priority at the moment. The doctor has focused on resting and recovering from his injury completely, after which Rafa can make a comeback.

Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he has a fissure of the third left costal arch. The rib cage injury caused trouble for the Spaniard and became a hurdle. The injury is not common to the sport, however; it is not the only case. He experienced the pain for the first time during the semi-finals with Carlos Alcaraz Garfia.