Australian Open 2023: Rafa Nadal: “I have noticed something in my hip, I cannot say that I am not mentally destroyed”
Rafael Nadal was upset for a new injury on a big stage like the Australian Open.
Les in. “I have noticed something in the hip and it is over. I had noticed something in the previous days but nothing like today. I have a history of hip problems that have forced me to undergo treatments in the past.”
Sensations. “I’m tired and frustrated from being on the mend for much of my career. But I’ve always accepted it. I can’t say that I’m not mentally broken because I’d be lying. I can come here and say that life is fantastic and that You have to stay positive, but don’t do it now. It’s a hard day and time and I accept it because you have to keep going. At a sporting level, the At a sporting level, the glass fills up and there may be a moment when the water comes out of the outside”.
Les in. “It’s hard to say exactly what I have until I’ve had an MRI. I don’t know if the problem is in the muscle, if it’s in the cartilage… I hope it’s not something excessively bad that will keep me out for a long time. No it’s not just coming back but the time that passes until you get a decent level.”
Possible abandonment during the match. “I didn’t ask the physio if I had to retire because I know my body. I’m old enough to make my own decisions. I didn’t want to retire and leave the track because I was the defending champion here. What I’ve done is try to continue without hurt me more. I couldn’t run and I couldn’t hit the backhand either.”
Game. “It was complicated at first and then, in the second set, I felt closer and better understood the things I had to do. But now we can no longer say yes, yes, I don’t like to use that even in sport Not even in life. I’m out of the tournament and McDonald is in the third round. I congratulate him.”