Rafael Nadal’s foot injury was the largest concern heading into the 2022 French Open, having stopped the Spaniard within the spherical of 16 conflict towards Denis Shapovalov in Rome solely 9 days earlier than the occasion in Paris. The injury and Nadal’s subsequent lack of apply owing to it made him the third favorite within the event after Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz. But Nadal being Nadal, defied all odds to not simply beat the defending champion Djokovic, but in addition go on to script extra document at Roland Garros together with his 14th French Open haul.
Nadal’s power foot injury noticed him miss out the second half of the 2021 season and he later admitted that the ache had put him on the verge of saying his retirement. But he returned in model in 2022 successful the Melbourne Summer set in January earlier than scripting a powerful and galvanizing Australian Open win.
And whereas Nadal thereafter launched into a spotless journey, it was halted within the Indian Wells last owing to a rib injury and shortly after his foot injury resurfaced.
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Following the win on Sunday, Nadal made a shocking revelation on his foot injury and he handled the ache by means of the fortnight.
“If I didn’t believe, I probably wouldn’t be here,” stated Nadal on Eurosport.
“It was a big surprise [to be here], unexpected and as everyone knows in the world of tennis, the preparation was not ideal.
“I had been off the practice courts for a month and a half with a stress fracture on my rib, and then I had [a problem with my] foot. It stayed there all the time. In Rome it was difficult, but it’s been amazing… I’ve had my doctor here with me.
“We played with no feeling in the foot, with a [pain-killing] injection on the nerve. The foot was asleep, and that’s why I was able to play.”
When requested what number of injections he had taken over the fortnight in Paris, Nadal quipped: “It’s better you don’t know”.
It was a snug straight-set win for Nadal on courtroom Philippe Chatrier on Sunday as he claimed his twenty second Grand Slam that put him two forward of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic within the all-time listing.