Rafael Nadal last competed three weeks ago, winning his 22nd Grand Slam singles crown and his 14th and fourth Roland Garros title. Now poised to take part in Wimbledon for the first time in three years, the Spaniard arrives in London halfway through the calendar Grand Slam for the first time in his career.
However, as usual, the Mallorcan is focused on the present. Fortunately for the second seed, the current status of his chronic foot injury is positive. After playing at Roland Garros with his foot "numb" through injections, Nadal underwent a new treatment to numb the affected nerves in his foot.
A method with which he hopes to achieve a more permanent solution. "I'm happy with the evolution," he confessed to the press before his first round match against Francisco Cerúndolo. "First of all, I can walk normally most days, practically every day.
For me that is the main problem. Not having the pain I've had for the last year and a half when I wake up. I feel happy about it" "Afterwards, the training. In general things have gone well. For the past two weeks, I haven't had one of those horrible days where I couldn't even move.
The general feeling is positive, because I have evolved in terms of pain. That's the main". As at Roland Garros, Nadal made it clear that he would not talk about his injury during Wimbledon. But before his tournament debut he fielded a multitude of questions about the matter, admitting he's not sure how long his enhancements will last.
"The treatment I did doesn't repair my injury, it doesn't improve it in any way, but it can relieve some of the pain. That's the main goal," he acknowledged. "Honestly, I'm happy because the hardest part is having too much pain and not being able to play tennis," Nadal replied.
Nadal is back at Wimbledon
Rafael Nadal is back at Wimbledon after a three-year gap. "I don't know how I get there really, it's hard to predict. It's probably the hardest tournament to predict. It's a tricky surface where you need to spend days on it.
I haven't played anything for three years, this makes it extra tricky," Nadal said. Playing competitive matches against the likes of Wawrinka and Auger-Aliassime and practice matches against Matteo Berrettini and Grigor Dimitrov should only help the Spaniard going forward.
"I've trained a lot. Yesterday I made a training disaster, I woke up with tired eyes, but then I played well. Today I also trained well. The most important thing is that the bad moments on the court are shorter and shorter. The games have gone quite well, I have trained with demanding people. I am confident that I will be competitive," the Spaniard further expressed.
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