- They Said It!: 2016 Media Day | US Open
Rafael Nadal on the latest about his wrist injury:
Well, I am better. I am a little bit better. It’s obvious that when you have been outside two months and a half you need a little bit of time.
I try to go quick, especially in the Olympics and then competing last week in Cincinnati, but the wrist still bothers me a little bit. It’s true that the wrist bothers me a little bit less every day. I need to understand again to hit my normal forehand.
During the wrist injury always you try to find movements to avoid the pain. So I think today I can start the forehand, I think my normal forehand, but still needs time to feel that I am more confident on my wrist. But I am practicing well and I am competing well, I think.
Scanning the men’s bracket at this year’s U.S. Open, it’s easy to see a titanic battle of generations developing at Flushing Meadows in the near future. Or, more precisely, a titanic battle between the haves and the should-haves. Novak Djokovic vs. Marin Cilic, Rafael Nadal vs. Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka vs. Nick Kyrgios and Andy Murray vs. Kei Nishikori are all possible second-week matchups.
- Nadal Pre US Open Interview 2016 | ATP World Tour
“The injury I had is very complicated and delicate,” he said. “There are two possibilities: either it gets better with rest or you have to operate. At the moment, it seems everything has gone well, but at the same time it could have turned out differently and I might have had to stop for surgery. I hope things keep going well. So far, after many hours of loading the wrist, it hasn’t gotten worse. This is important and very positive. I hope that day by day and week by week the wrist will keep feeling more comfortable and I will feel freer when hitting the ball.”
- With a history of highs and lows, what is Rafael Nadal’s New York state of mind this year? | tennis.com
The numbers say that as far as Nadal and the U.S. Open go, anything can happen. Small wonder he chose to go from Rio to Cincinnati to get a few more matches before the Grand Slam finale.
Nadal knows what it takes to win the U.S. Open, and he knows what the U.S. Open can do to the poorly prepared. He’s fit, pointing out that his Olympic schedule of singles and doubles was like playing a daily best-of-five singles match. The wrist is a question mark—a scary one.
- Nadal is ready for the battle | US Open
… Nadal remains a formidable hard-court player. He knows how to adjust his court positioning, hugging the baseline more, flicking half volleys stupendously at times off deep returns of serve, stepping inside the court whenever possible to rifle flattened out forehands into empty spaces. Nadal’s adaptability is one of his least appreciated traits, and that will be revealed as always when he launches a quest for a third crown this year in New York, at a tournament he has come to love.
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