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“I was in pain even when I tried to breathe,” Rafael Nadal revealed shocking details about his fitness level during the Indian Wells » FirstSportz final

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal’s The unbeaten run in 2022 comes to an end in Indian Wells. The Spaniard lost the Indian Wells final to American Taylor Fritz in straight sets 3-6,6-7(5), ending his 20-game winning streak. He will now go into the clay court season with an annual record of 20-1. This was Nadal’s chance to level with Novak Djokovic in 37 Masters titles, but physically it wasn’t his day on the court.

He struggled with a chest injury throughout the game and was nowhere near 100% fit. He even took medical time off and had to take painkillers mid-game just to compete. Later in the press conference, Nadal revealed his physical condition during the game.

Shockingly, he said he couldn’t breathe properly because of chest pains. He said that trying to breathe was very painful and uncomfortable. But Nadal, as humble as ever, said that this is Fritz’s night and all the limelight should be on the American. He added that he lost to a great player today.

“All I can say is hard for me to breathe. When I try to breathe it is painful and very uncomfortable. It’s not the moment to be honest about it. Even though it’s obvious that today I wasn’t able to do the normal things. It’s a final. I tried. I lost to a great player. I guess it’s not the day to talk about what’s going on with me. it’s his day We don’t need to hide that in my comments.” said Nadal.

Rafael Nadal worried about his recovery process

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

Explaining the extent of the pain, Nadal said it felt like he had a needle stuck in him. Regarding his recovery, he wasn’t sure how long it would take to recover.

“I’m in pain even when I try to breathe. It’s like I have a needle in it. What worries me now is what I need to do to recover and how long it will take.” he said.

Even after his semi-final win over Carlos Alcaraz, Nadal said he had chest pains but ruled on possible injuries. He said at that moment that the pain was probably due to the unfavorable wind conditions. However, Nadal now has 3 weeks to complete his recovery. He will skip the Miami Masters and start his clay court season straight at the Monte Carlo Masters.

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