“Best News”: Rafael Nadal Gives Update on His Foot Injury After Shocking Exit at Citi Open 2021


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Rafael Nadal (Image Credits Rafael Nadal Fan Page Instagram)

Rafael Nadal exited earlier from the Citi Open 2021 after a three-set unexpected defeat in the round of 16. Simultaneously, the Spaniard gave a positive update on his foot injury.   

After nearly a couple of months of hiatus, the former World No.1 arrived in the United States with a slightly hindering bruise. As a result, he struggled in the opening match, which lasted for more than three hours. Eventually, he won the match in the tiebreaker and advanced to the pre-quarterfinals in Washington. 

In addition to this, Nadal faced Lloyd Harries of South Africa to book his quarterfinal spot in his Citi Open debut. But, World No.50 stopped the 20-time Grand Slam champion’s progress in the three sets(6-4,1-6,6-4).

“My Foot Was Better Today Than Yesterday”, says Rafael Nadal 

Even though the shocking loss saddened the Spaniard, he felt better against Harries than American Jack Sock.   

When asked about managing the pain in his foot in the post-match press conference, Nadal said, “the best news, the foot was better than yesterday.” 

Spaniard further explained, “I was able to move a bit better, so that is very important, especially for me personally, to keep enjoying the sport and keep having energy, believing that important things are possible.”

Nadal also emphasised that the last couple of months was not a piece of cake for him. Consequently, he did not train every day before reaching the United States capital.

“And then I need to keep improving. It’s true. I honestly didn’t have two easy months. I had a lot of problems with my foot. I was not able to practise all the days that I wanted, but I did as much as I could, and I tried hard here,” the four-time US Open champion added.  

Moreover, Spanish tennis legend has planned to compete at the Canadian Masters 1000 event, which runs from 9th to 15th August in Toronto. 

“For me (the important thing) is just (to) keep going. Accept the challenge that I need to keep working, and I’ll probably have another chance next week in Toronto. I’m going to keep trying my best,” Nadal concluded.

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