Former World No. 3 David Ferrer is not stressing about Rafael Nadal's setback as he is confident the 21-time Grand Slam champion will have enough time to recover ahead of the start of the clay court season. This week, Nadal announced that he was suffering from a stress fracture of the rib and revealed that he is expected to be out for four to six weeks.
Ferrer, who was beaten by Nadal in the 2013 French Open final, is now the tournament director of an ATP 500 event in Barcelona. The Barcelona Open starts on April 18 and it is hard to imagine that Nadal will be ready for the event.
"I'm relaxed, really. I think Rafa has time to recover before the clay court tour," Ferrer told AS, as revealed by We Love Tennis. "Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you that I am back in Spain and that I have gone directly to see my medical team for tests after the Indian Wells final, which I played with discomfort," Nadal tweeted in Spanish.
"I have a stress fracture in one of my ribs and I will be out for 4-6 weeks. It is not good news and I did not expect it. I am devastated and sad because after such a good start to the season I have had. Now is a very important moment of the year for me and I had very good feelings and good results.
I have always had that spirit of struggle and improvement and what I will do is be patient and work hard after my recovery."
Alex Corretja comments on 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 stated.