“No, don’t worry,” replied the 21-time Grand Slam champion. “When I play, sometimes my leg hurts. If you saw me every single day, you wouldn’t worry. My leg always hurts, especially after a three-hour match or a long workout. a little bad.
“But I have a chronic injury that cannot be treated. It’s part of my life and it’s a disadvantage that I can’t finish a match early. In the short term, I think I’m fine physically speaking, but also as far as my legs are concerned, he has to adapt to the competition, adapt to the stress that today’s matches put on me.
“In the short term, as I said, everything is fine, but I also think about tomorrow. It’s a bit more difficult because tomorrow I might wake up with a lot of problems and we have to accept that and face it.”
Just last year, Nadal suffered a back injury early in the season and was then forced to miss the second half of 2021 with a foot injury. This timeout meant he could not compete in Wimbledon and the Olympics.
All of these ailments only made him all the more impressive as he was able to win his record 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open in early 2022 on his way to a 20-0 personal best at the start of the season.