Rafael Nadal played one of the most challenging tournaments of his life in Paris during the French Open 2022. Coming back from a rib stress fracture, Nadal did not appear for two clay ATP tournaments in Madrid and Rome. However, the Spaniard could not endure his comeback for long as his chronic foot injury resurfaced. Nadal limped off the court after facing a defeat against Denis Shapovalov.
Fans and experts believed that the King of Clay might not be able to perform as per his reputation this year. However, Rafa proved everyone wrong by battling eight opponents in the last two weeks to lift his 14th French Open title and 22nd overall Grand Slam. After winning the tournament in Paris, Rafael Nadal is still looking for a way to find a permanent solution to his foot injury which resulted in him missing out on the second half of the 2021 season. He was recently seen in Barcelona as the Spaniard underwent the first round of radiotherapy of his foot.
The Spaniard returned at the start of 2022 and won the Australian Open in January. He went on to win 200 straight games before being defeated at the Indian Wells finals due to a rib stress fracture. Nadal missed out on the early clay action after being sidelined for six weeks. But, Rafael still chose to appear in the French tournament and play with his injured foot. Rafael Nadal has also announced that he will take some time off and miss the Wimbledon 2022.
Nadal Gets His Foot Treated After Winning In Paris
Rafa’s chronic foot struggles resurfaced at the Italian Open during a round 16 encounter against Denis Shapovalov. The Spaniard began to limp in the second set and eventually lost the match in three sets. However, he chose to call his doctor during the French Open. So that he could continue to play despite the injury.
At one point, Nadal could barely walk after beating Corentin Moutet in the second round. His doctor decided to go with a different approach and injected his nerve. Rafael Nadal could not feel his foot properly. So, he decided to rely on his ankle and continued to perform stronger a the tournament progressed. The world no. 4 has his toughest game during a five-set encounter against Felix Auger-Aliassime, which lasted for four hours and 20 minutes. The game eventually ended in the decider set as Rafa emerged as the victor and faced Djokovic in the quarterfinals. The Spaniard defeated the Serb in four sets in four hours and 12 minutes to meet Alexander Zverev in the semifinals.
The German tennis star fought hard against Rafa as they were tied at 7-6 and 6-6 before the tiebreaker in the second set in over three hours. Unfortunately, Zverev was forced to retire before the tie breaker after sustaining a horrible ankle injury, requiring immediate surgery. Thus, Zverev has been sidelined for a month and might not appear for Wimbledon. Eventually, Rafa defeated Casper Rudd in the finals by 6-3, 6-3, and 6-0 in two hours and 18 minutes to lift his 14th Grand Slam title on the clay in Paris.
Federer Congratulated Nadal For His Victory In Paris
Rafael Nadal received a message from Roger Federer immediately after his French Open win against Casper Rudd. The Swiss maestro congratulated Rafael after the victory, which shows the strong relationship and respect between the two major opponents. The duo will play doubled together at the Laver Cup tournament in London later in 2022. The Spaniard said, “With Roger, we have a good relationship and a special feeling. After the victory, he wrote me a message to congratulate me.”