‘Don’t Know if It’ll Be My Last Match Here’ – Rafael Nadal Talks About Overcoming Injuries to Keep Living His Dream at French Open 2022

Published 05/29/2022, 11:00 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 29, 2022 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his fourth round match against Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime REUTERS/Yves Herman

Over the years, Rafael Nadal has displayed great fighting spirit to succeed in tennis. Not just only on the court, but off the court as well! Despite many career-threatening injuries, the Spaniard has come back stronger every time to dominate his opponents on the tennis court.

Earlier this year, Nadal suffered a rib injury after his Indian Wells campaign. However, he overcame this setback to return to his favorite surface. At the ongoing French Open 2022, Nadal entered the quarterfinals with a come-from-behind victory over Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada. After the match, Nadal opened up about overcoming injuries and his future in the sport.

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Rafael Nadal on his current situation

During the post-match press conference, Nadal hinted about his future at Roland Garros. He said, “To be honest, every match that I play here, I don’t know if it’ll be my last match here in Roland Garros in my tennis career. That’s my situation now.”

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 27, 2022. Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his third round match against Netherlands’ Botic Van De Zandschulp REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
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Further, he added, “Of course, I went through a tough process again with my foot, so I don’t know what can happen in the near future, with my career, but that’s why I am just trying to enjoy it as much as possible and fight as much as I can to keep living the dream that is to keep playing tennis and be back in a very advanced round of Roland Garros, playing against the World Number 1. Let’s see, I hope to be able to give myself a chance, to play at the highest level possible, and then let’s see.”

Nadal reflects on his performance against Felix

Talking about his performance against his Canadian opponent, Nadal said, “After the first set and a half, I started to play much better in my opinion, much more aggressive, and then I played good at the end of the second set and I think a very good third set and then I made a super mistake at the beginning of the fourth when the situation already changed and I was in control of the match and then I suffered, but most important is that I played well again, I think a good fifth set and especially the last three-four games, I played with the right determination.”

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Further, praising Felix for his effort, the Spaniard said, “So, very happy for that and all the respect and credit to Felix. He’s playing better and better, and if you’re not able to push him back, it’s very difficult to control him, because he has a huge serve and first shot with his forehand is very aggressive.”

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In the quarterfinals of the French Open 2022, Nadal will face Novak Djokovic. Who will prevail in this exciting battle? Let us know your views in the comments below.

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Vatsal Shah

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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.

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