Rafael Nadal: 'My emotion was not because of that'



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Rafael Nadal: 'My emotion was not because of that'

Rafael Nadal acknowledged that he has been hampered by physical setbacks in recent times but noted that he still feels like he wants to be a professional tennis player. Nadal, 36, missed nearly the entire second half of the 2021 season with a foot injury.

This season, Nadal was hampered by injuries to his foot, ribs and abdomen. In an interview for Onda Cero Radio, Nadal addressed his future. "I would like to say goodbye on the pitch, that's for sure. But you never know what the future may hold.

And, well, it is evident that I have also had a very long career, that I feel the love and support of many people around the world, but we will see how it will be," Nadal said according to the translation from Spanish to English made by the user.

from Twitter Genny SS. "Right now I don't think about it because when you start to think about it, it's because something doesn't work on a day-to-day basis, right? And although my body hasn't worked on a day-to-day basis lately, my head tells me I still want this to continue and we'll see how long."

In the last match of his career, Federer teamed up with Nadal for a doubles match at the Laver Cup. 10 days before Federer made his retirement announcement public, he called Nadal to tell him that he was retiring.

Nadal partnered with Federer

Rafael Nadal was recently in London to take part in the Laver Cup, where his friend and long-time rival Roger Federer called time on his trophy-filled career.

"I know that the moment of my retirement will come within 'x' or 'x' plus a little, but with 36 years and a half we are in the final stretch of my career. But now I neither consider it nor do I want to consider it," he said.

The 36-year-old stated that him tearing up on Friday night was purely about Federer and that it had nothing to do with him reflecting on the eventual end of his career. "Nothing, zero. My emotion was not because of that, but because of the appreciation I feel towards Federer," he said.

At the same time, the Mallorcan made it clear that it was impossible to plan for the future, adding that he tried his best not to think too much about his retirement. "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," Nadal said, in comments translated from Spanish into English by Twitter user Genny SS.