“The crowd have been amazing since the beginning of the tournament,” Nadal said. “I don’t know. I think probably they know that I’m not going to be here (many) more times.”
Nadal was asked if there is an additional emotional burden on him knowing that any one match could be his last.
“I don’t know what can happen. I think, as I said before, I’m going to be playing this tournament because we are doing the things to be ready to play this tournament, but I don’t know what’s going to happen after here,” he said. “I have what I have there in the foot, so if we are not able to find an improvement or a small solution on that, then it’s becoming super difficult for me.”
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After falling to Nadal in a dramatic four, hour 12-minute Roland Garros quarterfinal, Novak Djokovic said he “didn’t see any problems” with the Spaniard’s foot.
“No, I’m not surprised at all,” Djokovic told the media in Paris. “It’s not the first time that he, you know, is able to few days after he’s injured and barely walking to come out 100% physically fit.
“You know, he’s done it many times in his career, so I’m not surprised.”
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“Having the doctor here you can do things that help,” said Nadal, declining to go into detail on his treatment while continuing to suggest that this could be his final appearance at Roland Garros. “I am putting everything that I have to try to play this tournament with the best conditions possible, no? I don’t know what can happen after, honestly, but here I think I am going to be fine.”
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“In the end it has been a very emotional night for me. I’m still playing for nights like today,” Nadal said. “But is just a quarterfinals match, no? So I didn’t win anything.
“So I just give myself a chance to be back on court in two days, play another semifinals here in Roland Garros—means a lot to me.”
The 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Roland Garros champion is now 110-3 in his career at the clay-court major.
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