It has been a decidedly troubled year for Rafael Nadal, who time and time again has been forced to compete in such precarious physical condition that it has led some to contemplate his imminent retirement. The warrior spirit that has always distinguished him has not prevented him from leading the ranking of Slams won â conquering the Australian Open and Roland Garros â but the end of the season, on the contrary, has been more than disappointing, as the bitter elimination at the ATP Finals.
Straight from the scheduled friendly tour of South America, however, Nadal says he is confident he can continue at a high level, especially thanks to new treatments for his bad foot that are proving especially effective. "The season had several different phases and was totally marked by my physical problems.
Everything changed when we found an effective treatment for my foot, which helped me a lot. This radically changed the perspective of my continuation in high-level tennis." The South American tour will not be simply a showcase in which to offer a show.
For Rafael Nadal, this will be the right opportunity to challenge himself physically and recharge his energy and motivation for 2023. In fact, the main goal will be to get to Australia in the best conditions: "I'll go there in three weeks with all the enthusiasm in the world and the desire to work to do my best and feel competitive," said the Spaniard.
Interviewed by the Chilean media (he will play a match against the host Tabilo in Chile), Nadal also commented on the bitter elimination suffered by Spain, orphan of him and world number 1 Carlos Alcaraz, against Coric and Cilic's Croatia: " It was a shame.
They were two games that could be won, but in the end they were lost. Sport is like that. Some win and others lose, you go from euphoria to sadness in a short time. It is a disappointment to be eliminated from a competition like this, but we will move on."
Rafa Nadal is ready
In a recent interview with Puntobreak, Rafael Nadal has revealed that he may have found a solution to his chronic foot injury, which has changed his view of continuity at the highest level.
"The season has had several very different phases and was totally marked by my physical problems. Everything changed when we found an effective treatment for the foot, which has helped me a lot. That radically changed the perspective of my continuity in high-level tennis," Nadal said.
"I am going to travel there in three weeks with all the illusion of the world and desire to work to do my best and feel competitive," he continued.