Back in the top 3 of the ATP rankings, Rafael Nadal was unlucky not to make it with a trophy as he won the in the final 2022 Indian Wells Masters to TaylorFritz. Fritz became the first American since Andre Agassi In 2001, he won the Indian Wells title when the 24-year-old defeated Nadal 6-3, 7-6 (5).
The defeat also ended Nadal’s 20-game winning streak since the start of the season after winning the period including the three titles Australian Open 2022. Having already decided he would play Clay straight after Indian Wells, the Spaniard was looking to take home his 4th title of the season but it wasn’t his day.
Rafael Nadal suffered a rib stress fracture in the final
the Indian Wells champion The final was marred by injuries as both Taylor Fritz and Rafael Nadal suffered injuries in the game. American Fritz showed amazing tenacity, overcoming Nadal to cause a shock upset and claim his first ATP 1000 title, ending the Spaniard’s exceptional streak.
Nadal struggled with his own injury woes throughout the tournament but it wasn’t his ongoing foot problem that worried him in the final but an apparent rib injury. The Spaniard was treated twice on his upper body for a then undiagnosed problem that not only hurt but also affected his breathing.
It has now emerged that Nadal sustained a rib stress fracture during the game and will now spend a significant amount of time off the pitch. This is very unfortunate for the Spaniard who has had his best start to the season ever and has already won 3 titles. Due to the injury, he is expected to be out for four to six weeks.
The 21-time Grand Slam winner returned to Barcelona from the United States today and received the bad news from his doctor, Ángel Ruiz Cotorro. He sustained a stress fracture on his left third rib cage. In the statement, it becomes clear that the injury occurred at Alcaraz in the semifinals.
The Spaniard could be fit enough to play at the Madrid Open on June 1St until 18th May, which would not be an ideal preparation for the 2022 French Open, which is his ultimate goal as he could now miss all events in the month of April.
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