'The hopes that Rafael Nadal will win again in Paris are...', says expert

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'The hopes that Rafael Nadal will win again in Paris are...', says expert

The news of Rafael Nadal's injury was a bolt from the blue for both him and the fans. The start of the season of the Spaniard represented something extraordinary given the physical problems he had in 2021 and made supporters dream of him.

The defeat in the final at Indian Wells against Taylor Fritz - after 20 consecutive victories and three trophies - seemed only a hiccup for the 35-year-old from Manacor, only to worsen damnably once he discovered the fracture in the third left rib arch, actually remedied already during the semifinal with Carlos Alcaraz.

The estimated recovery times are of 4-6 weeks off, which means that Nadal would return for the Masters 1000 in Madrid or the Internationals of Italy. However, doubts arise about the treatment received by the Majorcan in the field at Indian Wells and José Moron, journalist of the Spanish portal Puntodebreak.com, asked for clarification from a physiotherapist of the circuit (whose name, however, is unknown).

“What the tournament physiotherapist did is a protocol that exists for a spinal check-up - the doctor began -. Rafa told him that he also felt pain and a sense of blockage in his back and, therefore, he activated the protocol.

The thoracic vertebrae is joined to the rib through a cartilage and this forms a joint called costotransversa. The problem was there. It is true that, knowing now the results of the analyzes, vertebral manipulation is contraindicated for the problem that we later discovered it has."

Alex Corretja on Rafa Nadal

In a recent conversation with Eurosport, Alex Corretja spoke about Rafael Nadal's rib injury and how it could impact the rest of his season. Corretja feels the injury came out of the blue, just when the Spaniard was at the peak of his powers.

"This injury for Rafa 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.