Rafael Nadal: ‘I was able to keep going but…’

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Rafael Nadal’s number of victories is extended: they are eighteen, compared to zero defeats in this first season. The last came in the round of 16 in Indian Wells, where the Spaniard defeated the American Reilly Opelka in two sets with two tiebreaks.

A difficult match for Nadal: not only the opponent’s quality of play, but also the physical problems he had during the match. In the post-match press conference, Rafa Nadal complained of a foot problem: “For a moment I was fine.

Rafael Nadal

Then in the second set, a little worse”, said the winner of the last Australian Open, who then went on to explain the difficulties of this physical problem. “I was able to keep going, to keep running until the end.

I’m not going to lie or hide things. I am very happy to play tennis. Today was a little worse than the other days. It is true that in the last couple of days it has bothered me a little more. It’s something that can happen, we already know that.

I try to be prepared and positive because it is my last tournament on hard courts, ”said Nadal, who has already stated that he will not participate in the other Masters 1000 on US soil, the Miami Open. “I’ll have to make one last effort to do my best.

Hopefully the foot can continue to hold. I’m not thinking much about it. I only think about my tennis and my next rival. If something happens, I’ll have to accept it,” added the Spanish tennis player.

Rafael Nadal

Rafa had a dream run at the Australian Open

Rafael Nadal continued his fantastic run of form in 2022, notching up his 18th consecutive win on Wednesday.

The Spaniard beat Reilly Opelka 7-6(3), 7-6(5) in the fourth round of the Indian Wells Masters. “So-so. For a moment, good. Then on the second set, a little bit worst, being honest. I felt my foot a little bit on the second set,” Rafael Nadal said in his post-match press conference.

“I was able to keep going, keep running till the end, no? That’s the same thing. Yes, being honest, I am not in the moment to lie or to hide things.” Rafael Nadal will take on familiar foe Nick Kyrgios in the last eight on Friday.

Nadal leads Kyrgios 5-3 in the head-to-head. “Well, Nick is difficult in any conditions, no? When he’s playing well and when he’s excited and motivated, he’s one of the toughest opponents without a doubt, no?” Tomorrow going to be a tough match, but we are in quarterfinals of Indian Wells, Masters 1000,” the Spaniard said.

“We can’t expect another thing, no? I have to expect a very tough opponent in front. Tomorrow going to be.”

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