World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has a history of playing through pain and injuries and after his Australian Open round-of-16 win over Fabio Fognini he reflected on the matter. Novak Djokovic, a record eight-time Australian Open champion, suffered a strain injury during his third round clash but continued the tournament and mae the quarterfinal.
"It depends on what kind of injury you have," Nadal said, as revealed by Jose Morgado. "You have something broken, I think you have a strain or your abdominal -- for example, I did it in the past, and you do mistakes because it's impossible to know exactly what's going on when you are competing.
For example, I remember in the US Open 2009 that I started the US Open with a strain, I think, here in the abdominal. I start with six millimeters or so of strain and I finished the tournament, I lost in that semifinals against del Potro and I finished the tournament with 26 millimeters.
Of course it wasn't a smart decision."
Nadal doesn't want to take big risks
"Well, it depends what you have later after the US Open. I feel that if I have to rest for one month or something, it was not a disaster for me.
You need to find a balance, but of course at this point of my career, if there is a big chance to increase something very important, probably I will not play because for me that happiness is much more important that give me a chance to win, and at the same time, if you are bad, you will not win.
That's clear. If you really have physical problems, you will not win. If you have some pain and it's not putting you in a situation that limits you, the movements, maybe you can find a way. But when you really, really have an injury, it's impossible to win a tournament like this," Nadal said. Nadal will fight against Stefanos for a place in the Australian Open semifinal.