Rafael Nadal achieved another feat in his extraordinary career at Roland Garros. The Spanish champion was forced to undergo continuous injections in his foot in order to compete in Paris and, despite his physical condition, he managed to overcome all obstacles.
The Mallorcan raised the Musketeers Cup to the sky for the fourteenth time and gained a new advantage in the fight for the Slams record with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic at 22 Majors. Nadal's coach Carlos Moyá revealed the background to a painful but special victory in an exclusive interview with Eurosport.
"It was a unique experience, a Grand Slam very different from the others. We are used to living unforgettable experiences. It was the first year that Rafa arrived at Roland Garros without having won tournaments on clay," explained Moya.
"After the loss against Shapovalov in Rome, we didn't know if he would play in Paris. After beating Moutet in the second round, he couldn't walk. The next day we had scheduled a training session at 12:00, but we moved it to 6:00 p.m.
and it only lasted 20 minutes. Rafa doesn't like this, he needs to train for at least an hour on his rest day. I always say the same thing: he's Rafa Nadal. Despite the adversities that come his way, he always finds a way to overcome them and move on.
If people saw everything that has happened in the last month, they would appreciate Nadal much more. Not that I'm surprised, because I have the utmost confidence in him. If you think about it, he has won 14 Roland Garros, it's hard not to admire him."
McEnroe praises Rafa Nadal
John McEnroe argues that winning the 2022 Wimbledon Championships could be the most difficult task for Rafael Nadal. "Rafa’s toughest one is going to be this one for me because if you go by what he said at the French Open, he was injecting himself on his foot during some, if not all of his matches.
I can’t believe you decided not to do that. I’m not sure how he did it in the first place, and he’s still able to win seven matches and look incredible, right? The guy looked amazing," McEnroe said. Speaking to the media, the former American player further revealed what he would do if he were in Nadal's shoes with regard to the Spaniard's chronic foot problem.
"If I’m 36, I don’t know how much longer I’m going to play, going for the Slam, I’d start shooting that foot up again and get through Wimbledon and the Open. That would be me. He may be able to play a few more years.
He also talked about wanting to be able to walk when he has kids. That’s a risk that no athlete wants to take," said McEnroe.