Rafa Roundup: When will Nadal’s foot be 100% restored? Never!


“If the people believe that I am a believer all the time that I [am] going to come back, [it is] not true. I am not this,” Nadal said. “I don’t have this amazing self-confidence that even if I am 5-2, ‘Okay, I [am] going to come back. No’,” Nadal said. “In my mind is, ‘Okay, it’s almost impossible. I don’t want to give up. I’m going to keep trying. But I know it’s going to be almost impossible. Let’s try to let him win, not help him to win. Just try to keep going and to put the things a little bit more difficult to the opponent.”

His foot problem remains a constant concern. “The foot is not going to be 100% recovered, never,” he said. “Pain, I have dire pain on the foot.” That’s the key reason he’s reluctant to make long-term plans.

“For the moment I can be happy about things. But at some point I’m going to need to do a little more treatment, maybe stop for a little while,” he said. “I have to find the right balance between competing and finding the moments to stop and to do the things to try to play as long as possible. If I am able to plan the right way my calendar and follow my calendar, I really can’t ask for anything more.

“That’s my goal. I am here. I am super happy to be in Indian Wells now, and then I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I am just enjoying every single day here, and that’s it.”

“Rafa will certainly be missed. He has so many fans here in South Florida, and we hope to see him back in Miami next year,” said Tournament Director James Blake. “We are fortunate to have an incredibly deep and talented player field and look forward to showcasing the new elements of the site and all the off-court activities our fans have come to love about this iconic event.”

Rafael Nadal has expanded his entrepreneurship horizons by opening yet another restaurant, this time in Madrid. Named “Toto,” the restaurant is part of Mabel Capital. It a capital investment firm founded by the 21-time Grand Slam champion along with fellow countrymen Abel Matutes Prats and Manuel Campos Guallar.

Most notably, the firm also has some esteemed sportspeople as partners in its hospitality subsidiary. This includes Spanish professional basketball players Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez, as well as Manchester United legend Cristiano Ronaldo.

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  1. Rafa is so determined to win that he is able to impose his will when he is on the verge of losing . He is the most difficult tennis player ever to put away when defeat looks almost certain . He is also the best at playing just well enough to win when being outplayed by an opponent . That’s why he is the highest percentage winner ever in the sport . Vamos Rafa . Let’s in Indian Wells and quiet all the critics .

  2. Rafa is so good but needs to be careful with his health I am happy to see him play any where

  3. I love to watch Nadal play. He is by far the most exciting player I have ever seen. He is very aware of his limits.And I am sure his decisions are well informed. But I do await the French Open!!

  4. Lorna, I did listen to the Gill Gross You Tube analysis of Nadal v. Korda as you recommended. I agree he is excellent and I will look for him in the future. A lot of what he had to say is the same as you would pick up from the Tennis Channel broadcast but there is the added perspective from Gross that he is looking back at the whole match rather than calling it as it happens.

    One insight that no one else mentioned was brought up by Martina after the match. She said that Rafa’s serve improved after he started going to the body serve in the third set.

    Lets go get Evans next. Go Rafa!

  5. At nineteen they told him he would not play tennis again and look how that turned out he as iner strength he as conquesdors blood in his body strong legs and mental strength too vamos rafa

  6. It is what it is, and yet despite this handicap which almost ended his career before it began here we are with 21 slams. Let us appreciate every minute of his career while it lasts. If last year was any indication let us take nothing for granted. I hope Indian wells ends well for him, win or lose. Can’t wait for the clay but even there he can’t overplay.

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