Rafael Nadal: 'There might be a little more risk when...'



by SIMONE BRUGNOLI

Rafael Nadal: 'There might be a little more risk when...'

Seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe described Rafael Nadal's success at the French Open as "unbelievable" and added that that kind of dominance will never be seen again at a Grand Slam tournament. On Sunday, Nadal put on a masterful performance as he defeated Casper Ruud in the French Open final 6-3 6-3 6-0.

Nadal now owns a record 22 Grand Slams and a record 14 French Open titles. "It's unbelievable," McEnroe told Eurosport after the match. "One player - [Pete] Sampras - took 35 years to catch up with Roy Emerson. We thought it would be another 30 years [before the record was broken again], and now it's one, two, three guys.

Most of us thought it would be Novak [Djokovic], but then there was this horrible debacle in Australia. I don't think Novak thought Rafa was going to win [the Australian Open]. Djokovic arrived [at Roland-Garros] thinking 'I have to catch up with this guy', and then Rafa stepped forward again.

If anyone comes close to this, I'll get on my head and do an entire broadcast; If Eurosport invites me to come back in 15 years and Casper Ruud has just won his 14th French Open in a row, I'll turn the whole broadcast upside down." Nadal has already played 14 French Open finals and has 14 Roland Garros crowns in his collection.

"This will never, ever, ever happen again in our sport, for one man - or one woman - to win so many such events, so let's enjoy it while we can."

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Rafael Nadal has revealed that the only permanent cure for his chronic foot condition is surgery, which would leave him with no choice but to retire.

"I have many things that make me happy. If I want, I will be able to get rid of the pain in my foot in an almost definitive way. For that I have to do an operation to fix my foot, and that would mean not being able to continue playing." However, he added that he was able to "move and run" during the French Open, which was not the case during the Madrid and Rome Masters.

"You have control of the foot, but no sensitivity. There might be a little more risk when it comes to twisting an ankle. Just as I am playing, with my foot asleep, it doesn't matter if there is less sensitivity because I go from being lame to being without pain."

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