World No. 1 Rafael Nadal expects to return to action as scheduled in Acapulco next month after a scan revealed a tear to his inner right hip muscle.
A statement from Nadal’s publicist read:
Rafa Nadal conducted an MRI test earlier this morning at a hospital in Melbourne. The MRI showed a grade one injury of his Illiopsoas on his right leg.
He will be resting the next days once back in Spain and will start with anti-inflammatory physiotherapy. He will start his rehabilitation and pre-adaptation process to the tennis court in two weeks, starting progressively his training and practice.
Three weeks is the normal time to totally recover and he will resume his tennis schedule as planed playing Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami.
Q. How bad was the injury? How does this affect your schedule for the rest of the year?
RAFAEL NADAL: I can’t say because I don’t know. Just happened 10 minutes ago and is impossible to know.
Q. When did you feel it? Where exactly is it?
RAFAEL NADAL: As I said before, is difficult to know exactly what it is now. Is difficult to know exactly the muscle. Just happened minutes ago. This type of injury is difficult to know immediately, no?
We need to wait a couple of hours. Tomorrow I am going to do a test, an MRI here, then we will know. But now…
Q. When did you understand you had the problem, what moment? 3-2? 2-1?
RAFAEL NADAL: I am very sorry but I really cannot remember now.
Start to feel the muscle little bit tired in the third, but playing normal, no limits, no limitation. Then in the fourth at one movement, one dropshot I think, I felt something. At that moment I thought something happened, but I didn’t realize how bad, how bad was what’s going on in that moment. Continue reading “Rafael Nadal on his leg injury”→
A transcript of the presser Rafael Nadal gave after his win over Diego Schwartzman.
Q. What made that really challenging?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, of course. You can’t expect easy matches when you’re playing in big tournaments. Yeah, against good players.
So, yeah. Yeah, was a tough match in general terms. I missed opportunities in the second. That’s the true. Three times break up in the second. Then you lose that many chances and you’re in trouble. But of course he played well, and he played aggressive. Yep, he did a lot of things well, and I didn’t play as aggressive as I did last couple of days. That’s why I was suffering more. Conditions out there were not easy this afternoon. Very humid.
Yeah. And was a tough match. But very happy to be through, of course.
Q. How much did you need a hit-out like that going to the second week, a tough match like that?
RAFAEL NADAL: Is always better winning in two hours than in four. But that’s it. It was a good test for me. It was a lot of hours on court. Moments under pressure.
So, yeah, a lot of positive things that I managed well. After the second set, it was a very tough moment. The third set was a great set to win, being honest. My serve start to work much better after the second. I started to win some free points again with the serve, because for a set and a half almost I didn’t win a free point with my serve. So that’s not good news during that part of the match. That’s why I lost that many chances, three times the opportunity to be break, to confirm the break, and I didn’t. Continue reading “2018 Australian Open: Fourth round presser”→
A transcript of the presser Rafael Nadal gave after his win over Damir Dzumhur.
Q. What was your day like, how did you prepare for the match, whether the match met your expectations?
RAFAEL NADAL: Yeah, no, was a good match, of course. When you win 6-1, 6-3, 6-1 in the third round, is always a great result, no? Without playing well, is impossible to have these kind of results. So happy for that. Happy to be through, yeah, fourth round. Already is good news.
Yeah, my preparation was normal. Just wake up, gym, coming here, having some warmup in the gym, then some warmup on court, had lunch, played some Parcheesi. That’s it, that’s all.
Q. Did you think your form was this good coming into the tournament? Did you think you were playing this well when you arrived?
RAFAEL NADAL: I don’t know, no? I didn’t think about when I arrived how I going to be in two weeks. I am already two weeks and one day here. I just try to go day by day. Continue reading “2018 Australian Open: Third round presser”→
A transcript of the presser Rafael Nadal gave after his win over Leonardo Mayer.
Q. It’s always difficult to finish a match maybe. You held your serve all the time. When you had to finish, you lost the serve, is that correct?
RAFAEL NADAL: Is totally correct.
Q. Is coincidence or more attention? He played well, you played bad?
RAFAEL NADAL: Did you see?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. Okay. You have to see.
Yeah, is not always the same. When you have a break in the serving for the match or serving for the set, there is always some breaks. Of course, is not a good thing.
But in this case particularly I personally was not losing the game because I was too nervous, because I felt too much tension. He played a great game, all the returns in, very long, playing so aggressive, hitting all the balls super strong, and having success.
A transcript of the presser Rafael Nadal gave after his win over Victor Estrella Burgos.
Q. How did you feel about the game tonight? Where do you see any areas in which you’d like to improve?
RAFAEL NADAL: Happy for the start, of course. Is a positive start with a good result. If I do months without playing official match is always a little bit more difficult.
But I started with positive feelings. That’s most important thing for me now. Of course, there is things to improve. But the thing that I need to improve, the matches will give me that things, no?
Victories are the most important thing now.
Q. How is your body feeling?
RAFAEL NADAL: Good. If I don’t feel myself ready, I will not be here. So I am happy to be here, happy that I’m on court again. Last year have been a long, very good but long season. So yeah, let’s start another one and try to don’t think much about what happened the year before.
Transcript of Rafael Nadal’s pre-tournament presser.
Q. How are you feeling physically and mentally? How do you feel about this tournament?
RAFAEL NADAL: Good. Is the first time I am here without playing official match in my career. Is new situation for me.
But I feel good. I feel that I had good week and a half of practices. Remain this afternoon and tomorrow, the last practice before the competition start for me.
I really hope to be ready. I feel myself more or less playing well. So, yeah.
Q. Between the O2 and now, what was the process like? You were in a pretty bad way at the O2.
RAFAEL NADAL: Had been a long season. Good one, but at the same time long, without playing a lot of tournaments but playing a lot of matches.
Yeah, I had to stop for a while. I started little bit later than what I expected. That’s why I was not able to start the year playing in Abu Dhabi and Brisbane. We decided to start later because we needed some more practice, start slow, to be fresher, little bit more fresh mentally and physically, and do things the right way. That’s what we tried to do.
Here we are to try my best, try to see if I am able to start.
Q. Has the intensity of your practice been as tough as you wanted it to be?
RAFAEL NADAL: The last week and a half, of course.
Q. I noticed yesterday that you seemed to be having kind of a practice match with Dominic under full match conditions, ball kids, scoreboard, umpire, and everything. Can you tell us how that came about, how that was facilitated? Was it your request?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, I wanted to play couple of close competition matches. I played in Kooyong once. Yeah, the club in Kooyong is great, but at the same time the conditions of play are completely different from here. That’s my feeling.