Rafael Nadal has revealed that he had a conversation with Andy Murray over the former’s recovery from a hip injury. He was asked if top players exchange information regarding similar injury recoveries, to which Nadal revealed the conversation he had with Murray. Notably, Andy Murray has been struggling with a hip injury since 2017. He was scheduled to return to the Australian Open, only to pull out later. He, however, is on the entry list of the French Open.
Nadal, who is currently playing the Monte-Carlo Masters, suffered from a similar hip injury while playing in the Australian Open. He looks good in shape though, beating youngster Dominic Thiem 6-0,6-2, to reach the last four.
“I spoke with him [Murray] with the phone two weeks ago,” Nadal said. “Doesn’t matter if we are rivals, for me the friendship is before the tennis court.”
“If any player have any doubts about the injuries or treatment that I do, I am always very happy to tell them my experience. I tell him the things that I think worked for me. Then, of course, he has his group and he will decide,” he said.
Talking about how the recovery can be a frustrating process, Nadal said he knew what it was like to be in this situation.
“I have been in that situation,” he added. “I know how tough and frustrating is when you work every day and you don’t see the light of how to improve. You don’t see any improvements.”
“But then one day trying things, trying treatments, one day things are going better, no? That’s what I really hope about him because he is important, very important, for our tour,”
Another player from the big four, Djokovic, is also on a recovery phase. He still seems a bit rusty, having lost to Dominic Thiem, but confirmed his entry for the upcoming Barcelona Open.