Despite having won two Grand Slams, Rafael Nadal has had a lot of problems this year. The Spanish veteran left everyone speechless by winning the Australian Open and Roland Garros, although his foot continued to hurt. Just when he was able to ease that pain, he got a tear in his abdominals that prevented him from playing the Wimbledon semifinal.
The former world number 1 had to miss the Canadian Open and showed up at the US Open far from the best condition. The 22-time Grand Slam champion never convinced in New York, leaving the stage already in the second round at the hands of a wild Frances Tiafoe.
Although his wife Xisca will soon give birth to their first child, Rafa nevertheless flew to London to 'say goodbye' to his friend and great rival Roger Federer. The two played a last double together in the Laver Cup, before letting go of a cry that has gone around the world.
In a recent interview with 'Onda Cero', Nadal admitted that his physique is no longer what it once was, but has pushed away the specter of retirement.
Rafa Nadal talks about his body
"I would like to say goodbye on court, that's for sure.
But you never know what future may bring. And, well, it is obvious that I have also had a very long career, that I feel the love and support of many people all over the world, but we will see how it will be," Rafael Nadal said, in comments translated from Spanish into English by Twitter user Genny SS.
"Right now I don't think about it because when you already start thinking about it, it is because something doesn't work in the day to day, right? and although my body in recent times has not worked in my day to day, my head tells me that I still want this to continue and we will see until when," he added.
Touching on the Swiss maestro's farewell, Nadal remarked that he was very happy that Federer got the ceremony he deserved, commenting that it was nice to see his friend go out the way he wanted in front of so many fans.
"In the end I think everything went very well. He had the farewell he deserved, it was possible for it to be on court, something that could have been difficult a few weeks ago and that in my opinion was vital and very important for him," Nadal said. "So, very happy that he was able to say goodbye on court."