VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal retires with leg injury at the Australian Open – highlights, presser, hot shot

Rafael Nadal battled it out with Marin Cilic for a place in the 2018 Australian Open semi-finals, only to be hampered by injury.

Match highlights:

Rafa’s presser: 

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20 thoughts on “VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal retires with leg injury at the Australian Open – highlights, presser, hot shot

  1. I, too, lend my voice to ALL those who appreciate who you are, Rafa!!! We admire your work ethic, your honesty, your talent and your exemplary character!!!! In other words, we have come to know you pretty well over the years, and you STILL do not disappoint!!! THANK YOU, for being the unique tennis champion we love and admire!!! Your 90-year old fan in the USA!!!!

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  2. Michele

    RF the greatest player ever? No, the luckiest.

    As others have said, he has 5+ years start on Rafa and the others, to take GS titles with no consistent first rate opposition. And yes, as soon as Rafa and the Djoko appeared, those GS titles became fewer. Few major injuries in comparison with not just Rafa, but other greats like Sampras.

    He is smug, conceited and arrogant, in my book, but worst of all, insincere. He does not begin to compare to Rafa in honesty, and generosity and genuiness.

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  3. Cassie

    Rafa you still played magical tennis. You are so dynamic on court and gorgeous to look at. It must be very disappointing for you but I am 100% sure you will bounce back when you recover from your injury. You are and allways will be my number one tennis player.

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  4. Susana

    Hola Rafa. Ví el juego y créeme que nivel dolor en tu cara. Espero te tomes un buen tiempo fuera del tennis. Es demasiado tiempo el que estás jugando y debes preocuparte por ti. Te deseo desde México un fuerte abrazo y a descansar y recuperate prontito. 🎾🎾🎾No más tenis por un tiempito.

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  5. Elaine Crowder

    Rafa I know it is disappointing for you.

    Get the MRI and attend to the issues.

    I agree with the above comments that Roger Federer gets all the considerations going out here,
    and VERY rarely plays in the heat, or first class players given to hime along the way.
    It is PURE Discrimination, and the players should all band together and challenge the approach of the organisers.

    I have seen it time and time again, and live in Australia so know the heat conditions,

    All the best Rafa for your recovery,

    Love and prayers,

    AlaineXXSydneyXXAustraliaXX

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    1. Emilia Prestia

      That is not true, Its the luck of the draw.
      Rafael was not 100% going into the tournament nor was Novak.
      They did not play any lead up tournament either, if they had done so they would have been able to manage their body better.
      Federer manages his time better and plays a different game which is easy on his body.
      He is and will always be the greatest player ever

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      1. Luckystar

        With all the privileges given to Fed, of course it makes things easy for Fed!

        How is Fed the greatest player when he was always beaten by his two nemesis – Rafa and Djoko at the slams especially?

        What Fed has is five to six years advantage over Rafa and Djoko, and Fed also has his injuries – foot (2005), knee (2016) and back ( throughout his career – 2008/2009, 2012, 2013, 2017).

        Its just that Fed has already reached a stage where he can pick and choose what he wants to play, so hes playing fewer matches thus saving his body.

        The one who’s truly amazingly fit is Djoko, who rarely gets injured until 2016 when he injured his elbow, and that is after winning 12 slams! Not forgetting the tough competition he has to face from 2011-2015, the big four era.

        Rafa is injury prone from the start because he has his congenital foot issue to start with. He had to adjust his movements to accomodate that foot issue, hence his knees were also affected. Hes also very muscularly built hence adding more pressure to his legs.
        Its no wonder Rafa has to slim down through the years so that he can at least relieve some pressure from those knees.

        I have to say Rafa’s problem is his scheduling; he should cut down on events played now that he is older and is allowed to skip events without getting penalty. Where scheduling is concerned, Fed is the smartest, playing the minimum to save his body from getting any injury.

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    2. Ellaine, I agree with you entirely re. speciaal consideration given to Federer. He always gets most of the night matches. That has nothing to do with the draw. It has to do with the Austraian tennis officials who make everything as easy as possible for him. I am also an Australian and have also seen this favouritism many times.
      Who has night games and who has day is not part of the draw. Players can make requests regarding playing times but it is Federer who always gets listened to. A reporter asked him earlier in the tournament whether he gets listened to more than other players and he said smugly “possibly.” Rafa played two night games and two day games – no special consideration for him even although he is Number 1. But then , he does not expect such consideration . He believes in fair play and is not so arrogant as to expect special treatment because of who he is.
      That is why I admire him so much.

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  6. Arlenka

    As always I pray your injury will be short and not too much pain. You are simply the best and always will be in my heart. Your 70 year old fan.

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  7. Fan love

    PS: DID I FORGET TO MENTION HOW GORGEOUS AND SEXY YOU ARE IN ALL YOUR NIKE’S OUTFITS….PINK & AL………..WATCHING YOU PLAY YOUR MAGICAL TENNIS IS INCREDIBLY SATISFYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) ;): ) WITNESSING YOUR GROOVE AND FANTASTIC MOVES ON THE COURT IS MOST PLEASING ON THE EYES……WI…….WI…….WI………. SEEING YOU SWEAT & HEARING YOU BREATH……AND WITNESSING YOUR GIVING IT ALL PASSION IS SUCH A MASSIVE, GREAT FUN TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 🙂 THANK YOU DEAR RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 😉 : ) MUCHAS GRACIAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 SHUKRAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 TODA RABBAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) MERCEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XIE XIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 😉 🙂 etc…..etc……

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  8. Fan love

    OLA OLA OLA OLA & VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) : ) JUST WATCHED YOUR PRESS INTERVIEW FEW MINUTES AGO AND YES DEAR RAFA, WE TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOUR VALID CONCERN FOR PLAYER’S LONG TERMS HEALTH IMPLICATIONS AND CONSEQUENCES DUE TO THE INTENSE VIGOROUS HARD COURT TOUR SCHEDULING.

    BUT BEFORE ANYTHING, LET ME SAY THAT YOU PLAYED FANTASTIC TENNIS AND IT WAS SHEER OUTSTANDING JOY TO WATCH YOUR MATCHES LIVE AND SEE YOU PLAYING YOUR BEAUTIFUL, POWERFUL, MAGICAL TENNIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 😉 😉 🙂 😉 YOU CAN HOLD YOUR HEAD UP AND TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR EFFORTS< FIGHTING AND BRILLIANT DELIVERY!!!!! : ) : ) 😉 🙂 : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 😉 🙂

    TO GO BACK TO YOUR LOGICAL VALID CONCERNS REGARDING MANY TOP PLAYER'S INJURIES:
    YES INDEED, IT IS IMPERATIVE FOR REFORM AND ACTION TO TAKE PLACE. SOMETHING HAS GOT TO BE DONE AGAINST THE ONGOING PRACTICE OF ATP OFTEN SUBJECTING SOME OF THE PLAYERS TO TOUGH DRAWS AND COURT MATCH TIME , WHILST SPEARING OTHERS WITH EASIER ROUTE TO THE QF, SF, FINALS. .

    AS WE SPEAK, THERE ARE GREAT DISCREPANCIES ,RIGHT NOW, HAPPENING AT AO TOURNAMENTS:
    1. IT IS NOT RIGHT AND UTTERLY DISCRIMINATING TO SUBJECT SOME PLAYERS TO THE EXTREME HOTTEST DAY TEMPERATURES BY CARELESSLY SCHEDULING THEIR FIVE SETS MATCHES………….BUT AS ALWAYS, SPARE princess r ONCE AGAIN WITH HIS MORE PRIVILEGED COURT SCHEDULE IN COOLER TEMPERATURES PLAY TIME DURING EVENING COOLER HOURS.
    2. SIMILARLY, ROGER FED GETS TO PLAY DURING THE DAY, WHEN COLDER WEATHER CONDITIONS AND TEMPERATURES ARE EXTREMELY COLD, WHILST OTHER PLAYERS ARE SCHEDULED FOR NIGHT PLAY. WE SEE ATP OVER AND OVER AGAIN PROTECT princess r WHILE OTHER PLAYERS HAVE TO PLAY UNDER SUCH EXTREME WEATHER ELEMENTS…..
    *MAKES FOR DOWNRIGHT WRONG TOUR POLICY AND DISCRIMINATION IN THE SPORT.
    3. WE NEVER SEE princess r having to face such CURRENT, STRONG, FIT PLAYERS who are at their best conditioning….instead, we see him being sheltered under easier tour draws over and over again.
    4. THE DELAYS IN SCHEDULING DUE TO RAIN , PARTICULARLY IN WIMBLEDON AND US OPEN, ALWAYS APPEAR TO EFFECT PLAYERS HAVING TO STRUGGLE WITH LATE MATCHES, HOURS OF UNCERTAINTY OF "WAIT AND SEE" WHERE THEIR BODIES ARE IN INTENSE COMPETITION WAIT MODE, BUT WITH ZERO CONCERN OR EFFECT ON princess r because we often see he is somehow gets to play the next day.
    5. IN EVERY TOUR, THERE ARE "SURPRISE" OUT OF THE BLUE, IMPROVED STRONG PLAYERS WHO ARE NOT CURRENTLY RANKED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR ACTUAL ABILITY AND TOP PERFORMANCE. SOMEHOW, AND OFTEN, WE ARE YET TO SEE princess r having to compete against such HIGH LEVEL SURPRISE PLAYERS ON HIS EARLY TOUR MATCHES. ON THE OTHER HAND,
    WE SEE RAFA AND OTHER PLAYERS, IN EVERY TOUR, HAVING TO COMPETE WITH SUCH PLAYERS WHILST princess r gets spared IN THE EARLIER ROUNDS.
    6. RAFA and OTHER PLAYERS OFTEN GET UNPROFESSIONAL UMPIRES WHO ARE NOTORIOUS FOR BEING BIAS, CARELESS AND MISTAKEN IN THEIR CALLS. WE DO NOT SEE THAT HAPPENING in princess r matches. THE GREAT LADY UMPIRE WHO COVERED RAFA'S MATCH YESTERDAY (cilic), AND THE FRENCH UMPIRE COVERING RAFA'S MATCH WITH DIEGO, ARE EXCEPTIONAL, GREAT UMPIRES. BUT TAKE A LOOK AT REPLAY HISTORY AND UMPIRE PERFORMANCE TO NOTE THAT RAFA OFTEN GETS THE POOR UMPIRES WHO OFTEN HAVE MISCALLS, AND ARE RIGHT OUT NONE PROFESSIONAL IN THEIR BIAS CONDUCT.
    ALL THE ABOVE IS OBVIOUS AND MATTER OF FACT OBSERVATIONS OF MANY AVID TENNIS FANS AND PLAYERS WHO DO NOT DARE VOCALIZE AND EXPRESS THEIR DISMAY.
    NOTHING NEW.
    ****WHAT IS OUTSTANDING IS THE FACT THAT YOU RAFA NADAL, BRING SO MUCH BRILLIANCE , GRACE, SOLID REPUTABLE SPORTSMANSHIP, ALONG WITH YOUR CLASSY BRILLIANT TENNIS. YOU ARE BREAKING RECORDS LEFT AND RIGHT. YOU ARE NUMBER ONE PLAYER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) 🙂 😉 🙂 😉 😉 YOU ARE THE UNDISPUTED GOAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU HAVE MILLIONS OF GLOBAL FANS WHO FOLLOW YOUR CAREER CLOSELY AND UNDERSTAND TENNIS INSIDE OUT!!! YOUR FANS WITNESS YOUR GREATNESS, YOUR PASSION AND DETERMINATION. THESE GLOBAL LOYAL FANS HAVE SUCH HIGH REGARD TO YOUR TENNIS INTEGRITY AND POWERFUL SUCCESSFUL TENNIS BRILLIANCE. YOU ARE LOVED AND IMMENSELY ADORED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 : ) WE LOVE YOUR TENNIS INTELLIGENCE AND STEADY, CONSISTENT TOP LEVEL COMPETITIVE BRILLIANCE .
    SO AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN IT COMES TO RECOGNIZING THE REAL , GENUINE TENNIS STAR, WE ALL KNOW IT SPELLED RAFA NADAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 😉 🙂 YOU ARE THE REL DEAL RAFA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 🙂 VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) PLEASE ENJOY ALL YOUR FANTASTIC TIME ON THE COURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ENJOY YOUR RARE, BRILLIANT ABILITY, YOUR POLISHED SKILLS & YOUR VERY SPECIAL PASSION. KNOW THAT YOUR GLOBAL FANS AS WELL AS ATP AND OTHER MATCH COMMENTATORS ADMIRE AND RESPECT YOUR TOP TOP TOP PERFORMANCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 🙂 ENJOY EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 🙂 KEEP SMILING AND KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING, IT WORKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 AO is just the beginning of the season….God bless you…..you made it to the QF….in flying colors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) You have ahead of you a beautiful, powerful season and enjoy preparing, recharging, and above all enjoy your efforts and success!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 😉 🙂 🙂
    VAMOS SWEETHEART & LOTS OF LOVE & HAPPINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) : ) 🙂 Have a great day and know we love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXO

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  9. Lube Klingman

    I no your extremely disappointed,
    but Champ you are #1 to billlons people all over the world. You are so blessed
    as a whole package in your life time.
    Enough said! Onward and upward.
    Eye of the 🐯🐯🐯🐯🐯👑

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