Rafael Nadal was wearing a bandage on his left wrist on Friday cheering on the Team Europe at the Laver Cup. After his US Open final win over Daniil Medvedev, the Spaniard had told the reporters that he was very tired and was feeling painful.
Nadal had a one-week break but he is not at his best yet. That's why he is a bit doubtful heading into his first match in Geneva on Saturday night against the Canadian Milos Raonic. Nadal may also play both singles and doubles on Sunday, which may really be a huge test for his body.
"Let’s see tomorrow how things go", said Nadal on Friday. "After New York, the body always feels down a little bit. Some issues can happen but here I am. I’m trying hard to be ready for when the team need me.
Let’s see. All of the matches are very difficult. If I am not at 100 per cent, there is another player. But I am confident I can help." The Mallorcan may take a five-week break and skip the Rolex Shanghai Masters in order to fully recover.
Following his triumph in the Big Apple, he had said that Paris and ATP Finals in London are his priorities. Meanwhile Alexander Zverev praised Nadal: "I mean, Rafa is probably the one that gives the most energy on the bench. I mean, he's really acting like he's playing himself, and that gives you great confidence."