Rafael Nadal indicates this might be his final French Open



by   |  VIEW 4567

Rafael Nadal indicates this might be his final French Open

Record 21-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has indicated that he is maybe playing his final French Open. Nadal, who is set to turn 36 this month, missed almost the entire second half of the 2021 season due to a foot injury.

In March, Nadal suffered a rib injury and was sidelined for a month and a half. Most recently, Nadal started experiencing problems with his foot again. Still, Nadal has managed to make a deep French Open run. On Tuesday, Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 6-2 4-6 6-2 7-6 (4) to reach the French Open semifinal.

"I'm very clear on the fact that I don't know what can happen (and it can be (his) last Roland). You know what I have with my foot and if we don't find solutions, it will be difficult. For the moment we haven't so I give myself a chance," Nadal said, per Tennis Majors.

Nadal accompanied by his doctors

After suffering a shock round-of-16 loss in Rome, Nadal said he would bring his doctor to Paris. "At Rome I didn't have my doctor with me.

Here, I have him, you can do things. I'm doing everything that I can to play this tournament the best conditions possible. After that, I don't know how it will be to be honest, but here I'll be fine," Nadal noted.

Last year, Nadal was beaten by Djokovic in the French Open semifinal. This year, Nadal was doubted and Djokovic was given the edge before their meeting.

However, Nadal went out and proved once again why he is maybe the greatest tennis player of all time. "It has been a very emotional night for me. I'm still playing for nights like today," Nadal said. "But it's just a quarter-final match, no? So I didn't win anything.

So I just [need to] give myself a chance to be back on court in two days, play another semifinals here in Roland Garros. [It] means a lot to me."