The rest after Indian Wells was expected, the injury at the end of the tournament anything but. Rafael Nadal has somewhat complicated his plans regarding the scheduling of sporting events to participate in: the Spaniard has remedied a stress fracture of the third left rib, which will force him to remain stationary presumably for four to six weeks.
His physical conditions will naturally be monitored constantly, calculating how it is a fairly anomalous injury, which could have repercussions even after the recovery. The champion winner of 21 Slam titles will miss the first round of the red clay program, the Monte Carlo Master 1000; the presence in Barcelona remains in doubt, with Madrid in the background (at risk only if the situation worsens).
Doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro, who received the Manacor native in his clinic in Barcelona on his return from the United States, diagnosed the physical problem encountered during the semifinal against Carlos Alcaraz in California, drawing the conclusions that everyone now knows after careful evaluations: “This type of injury always causes discomfort for a while.
Gradually it is evolving, but it is still suffering. With this type of injury the pain is very extensive at the beginning and only later will it concentrate only in the area where Rafa has the crack" he declared in an interview with Point de Break.
A situation that is not easy for the Iberian to manage and deal with: "This type of injury is normally caused by overload, by repeated trauma. It occurs when the limit of the bone is exceeded, with a bad gesture or movement, taking into account that in that game there were a lot of them because of the wind."
Corretja praises Rafa Nadal
“I burst into tears because I did not understand how Rafael Nadal could have started again. It's incomprehensible what he's doing. I am impressed that he is able, today, to have the same illusion, the same desire to continue to succeed.
To think that he comes back from several months without playing, having passed the covid in December, and that he is going to Melbourne to play a small tournament. And he earns it. So I put a tweet saying, 'Amazing what he's done' and I got a lot of responses – and people are very respectful to me on Twitter and Instagram – and they're like, 'Well, how can he not win these…” and I tried to explain to them: “It's part of the process and this process will help him arrive at the grand slams with a different attitude”.
To see that he was able to come back from that game against a wall like Medvedev and was able to find a way to escape again was so indescribable to me… And then he lost his serve at 5– 4 to the fifth! Then you're like, 'there's no way he's not winning after everything he's been through'
I try to be very impartial in the matches I commentate, but there was too much emotion. That's why I was in tears" - Alex Corretja said.