Rafael Nadal is now in the last phase of his extraordinary caree: physical problems are pressing and there are other priorities in his life. The Spanish champion recently gave an interview to Movistar and discussed many topics.
He has been out of the tennis court since the start of the season but there is great curiosity to see how he will return next year.
The Spaniard has revealed in an interview with Movistar that he is yet to congratulate Novak Djokovic for winning 24 Grand Slam singles titles.
Nole has received acclaim from around the sporting world for what he has done at the 2023 US Open and overall this season. Amazing successes, which the Serbian, despite his 36, fully deserved.
Rafa, told in the interview: "The truth is that I haven't sent any message to Djokovic yet out of pure ignorance.
When you win something so important, from experience I know it's better to take the time to appreciate that message. I 'll send it but I haven't done it yet. Of course, I sent messages to Carlos Alcaraz when he won or when he was about to win.
The others... on the circuit I don't have many friends left, I'm from another generation. I talk to Federer every now and then."
Nadal on the last months
In the same interview, Nadal also talked about how the last few months have been, since the surgery on June 2, 2023.
He analyzed: "Last June 2nd I had hip surgery and since then I have done other things besides tennis, things I had never had the chance to do. I've been through different phases but now I'm trying to enjoy life. When I made the announcement of my stop I didn't know that I had to have surgery, and I have to say that since last year's injury with Carlos it has always been tough.
There hasn't been a moment of tranquility, sometimes the results mask the suffering and reality of everyday life. I needed to stop, initially I thought I would be able to fully recover then I realized there was no way to recover from the psoas problem.
I had to have surgery and since the operation things seem to have gone well. Then it took me several months to recover, the first few were complicated. Then I had to completely disconnect, spend five weeks just with my family and I had fun."
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