There were many doubts ahead of the 2022 French Open Rafael Nadalthe chance. Just a few days before the tournament, Nadal suffered severe pain from his foot condition and as a result lost in the round of 16 of the Rome Masters. But against all odds, Nadal won his 14th Roland Garros title by beating Casper Ruud in straight sets 6-3,6-3,6-0 in the final.
After the win, Nadal revealed that he played the whole tournament, not 100%. He had big problems with his foot and at some point he wasn’t even allowed to go to his hotel because of the pain. But having his doctor with him helped as he played the tournament with numbness in his foot from injections that didn’t give his foot any feeling.
Apart from the foot, Nadal was out for a month after a dream start to the season with a hairline broken rib. This forced him to miss the first part of the clay court season, meaning he didn’t have a good preparation for the French Open. But despite not winning a title on clay in the run-up to Roland Garros, he did win the French Open for the 14th time.
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‘I always wanted to continue and that’s why I’m in this position’: Rafael Nadal
Speaking to CNN, Nadal revealed that something happened to his foot that didn’t allow him to train well and things were getting worse every day. He spoke about how he was motivated to keep going and compete at the highest level. He said he always had the fuel and passion to keep going and that’s the only reason he’s in this position with 22 big titles.
“Something happened to my foot after the pandemic. I am unable to cope with the pain to play often and even practice” said Nadal. “The only thing I can say is conquer all these challenges, I always have the passion to keep going and I always have the love for the game,” he added. I always wanted to keep going. That’s probably why I’m in the position I am today.”
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