'Rafael Nadal loves the process', says ATP legend

Rafael Nadal always amazes with his dedication and his hunger for victories

by Simone Brugnoli
'Rafael Nadal loves the process', says ATP legend

Rafael Nadal has undergone new examinations of the injury he suffered during the 2023 Australian Open. The Spanish tennis player did not receive good news from the result, since the physical problem he suffered a week ago in Australia was confirmed.

The announcement to offer updated information about his condition to fans around the world was published on social networks on the afternoon of Thursday, January 26: "Today I have been at the Tecknon Tennis Clinic in Barcelona, where I have had some tests.

The results of Melbourne have unfortunately been confirmed and the calendar will remain the same", is what stressed the Iberian, who will now have to recover from the second degree injury to the iliopsoas muscle in his left leg.

The timetable for getting competitive back on track has not changed: Rafa is expected to remain in the pits for six to eight weeks, as planned, and has in all probability finished his early part of the season on concrete.

"The treatments to follow have been defined and in three weeks we will carry out new tests to see the evolution," added the winner of 22 Grand Slam titles and concluded. The Iberian did not start the 2023 season in the best way, which he arrived with the deadly obligation to defend the Australian Open title.

Without being in the best condition, the Spaniard only surpassed his debut match against the British Jack Draper in four sets, going through physical difficulties. Then the Iberian was unable to overcome the American fence of McDonald, who prevailed in three sets taking advantage of Rafa's less than perfect physical condition.

A start to the year that did not live up to expectations for Nadal, who in all probability will concentrate on clay-court tournaments to once again obtain satisfactory results. In his sights, of course, is Roland Garros above all else.

John McEnroe on Rafa Nadal

Tennis legend John McEnroe recently weighed in on speculation about Rafael Nadal's retirement following his 2023 Australian Open exit. "My hope is he goes out when he wants to go out, not when we want him to go out.

You are talking about a GOAT - greatest of all time - type of athlete," McEnroe said. "Rafa, from what I've heard, wants to keep playing. You know, he loves the competition, he loves the process, and he loves the sport and we love him for that," McEnroe said.

"But if the body doesn't hold up and he feels like he can't get to that type of level health-wise that he needs to, to win majors, then I think he'll quit," he added.

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