Rafael Nadal got the pass for the quarter-finals of the Australian Open 2021. The Spanish tennis player, number two in the world, beat the blue Fabio Fognini, defeated in three sets with the result of 6-3; 6- 4; 6-2. Race without particular history with the really competitive Italian tennis player only in the second set where he moves forward 4 to 2 and has several chances to win the set, in the end with a series of 4 consecutive games Rafa leaves nothing to chance and closes everything in three set.
For the Spaniard in the quarters there will be one between Stefanos Tsitsipas and our Matteo Berrettini. Nice curtain, however, during the race: suddenly during the match doctors appeared for a Medical Timeout called by Rafael Nadal, but in reality Rafa did not call anyone and in fact he smiles in front of this strange error.
When asked for his views on playing through an injury, Rafael Nadal asserted that it is a personal choice which depends largely on the tournament and the time of the year.
Rafael Nadal on playing with serious injuries
"It depends what kind of injury you have," Rafael Nadal said.
"You have something broken, I think you have a strain or your abdominal - for example, I did it in the past, and you make mistakes because it's impossible to know exactly what's going on when you are competing.
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," Rafael Nadal said. "Because for me the happiness is much more important than give me a chance to win.
And at the same time, if you are bad, you will not win. That's clear. 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," he added. "But when you really, really have an injury, it's impossible to win a tournament like this."
The personal satisfaction of knowing he left it all on the court, no matter the result, is Rafa’s definition of happiness. “I enjoy and give my best always. I try to compete at my highest standards every day. Sometimes, the highest standards are 60%, sometimes 100%,” Nadal said further.
“For me, the main thing is to come back home with personal satisfaction that you gave it everything. That’s what gives me happiness,” he concluded on the same.