Rafael Nadal on his leg injury

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?

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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”


Rafael Nadal Retires From Australian Open With Leg Injury [PHOTOS]

(AP) – An injured and visibly struggling Rafael Nadal retired while trailing in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarterfinal match against Marin Cilic.

Top-ranked Rafa fended off five break points in the last game before Cilic broke his serve, then the 16-time major winner went to shake hands with the umpire and his opponent, and angrily hurled his headband into his equipment bag.

No. 6-seeded Cilic advanced to his first semifinal in Australia since 2010 with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 2-0, retired.

Rafa limped into a news conference about a half-hour later, still wincing when he stepped up onto a platform. He said he felt muscle pain in his upper right leg in the third set but played through it. In the fourth set, chasing a drop shot, he felt the pain get worse “but didn’t realize how bad.”

Rafa said he’d have medical scans Wednesday to determine the exact location and extent of the injury, which he could only describe as being high on his right leg but not in the hip.

It was only the second time Rafa had retired during a Grand Slam match  — the last time was also an Australian Open quarterfinal, in 2010 against Andy Murray.

On Tuesday night, he needed a medical timeout after going down 4-1 in the fourth set for treatment on his leg.

Rafa returned but was clearly bothered by the injury, limping and taking as much time as possible as he tried to stretch between points.
He called the trainer again after losing the fourth set, and lasted only two further games.

Source: AP

Australian Open QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Marin Cilic?

Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic will be squaring off for the seventh time in their careers when they clash in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Tuesday.

Date: 23 January 2018

Match time: 7 PM local time (AEDT) / 3 AM EST – New York, Montreal / 8 AM GMT – United Kingdom / 9 AM CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy.  To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Rafa on playing Marin:

All the matches are tough, and if you are in the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam, you can’t expect an easy match. Against Marin will be a tough one, but at the same time, is a beautiful match to play against a great player. We know each other. We played a couple of times already.

And, yeah, I know I need to play well. That’s the real thing. I know I need to play well. That’s what I gonna try. I hope to be ready to make that happen.

Rafa holds an 5-1 lead in his head-to-head series with Cilic, including victories in their past four meetings.  Their first meeting came back in Beijing in 2009 which is when Marin recorded his only career victory over Rafa. Continue reading “Australian Open QF: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Marin Cilic?”

VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Diego Schwartzman in Melbourne – hot shot, highlights, interview

Rafael Nadal’s winning match against Diego Schwartzman in the fourth round of the Australian Open 2018, here are the highlights.

Hot Shot:

On Court Interview:  Continue reading “VIDEOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Diego Schwartzman in Melbourne – hot shot, highlights, interview”

2018 Australian Open: Fourth round presser

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.

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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”

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal defeats Diego Schwartzman at Australian Open

Rafael Nadal’s hopes of winning a second Australian Open title remain intact after he defeated Diego Schwartzman in four sets (6-3, 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3) at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

After the match, Rafa said:

It was a great battle. He is a good friend of mine.

He is a great player, in all aspects, and I feel that for a lot of moments he was serving well.

I was able to keep fighting until the end and it is the first big match I have played in 2018. It probably helps my confidence, knowing I can resist almost four hours on court.

With today’s win Rafa will stay No. 1 after the tournament ends, regardless of what Roger Federer does.

It will be his 33rd overall major quarterfinal when he faces Marin Cilic next.

The real special relationship: Aussie driver Iain and Rafa

Last September, Rafael Nadal shared a photo of himself with driver Iain and his wife Jane after the Australian couple were treated to dinner in Mallorca:

Iain has been (and still is) our driver at the Australian Open many years and together with his wife Jane we had last night a nice dinner at Sa Punta restaurant in Mallorca. Always nice to see you! Thanks for coming and see you in Melbourne in January!

A few days ago, Rafa has found time in his busy schedule to visit Iain and his family.


Rafa and I have agreed that when he retires, I will retire.