Rafael Nadal has admitted to Helene Elliott, a sports columnist for the LA Times, that the Spaniard is still suffering from his persistent foot injury. The 21-times Grand Slam champion, in the second set against Reilly Opelka, realised the pain was more severe than he felt before.
“It was a little bit worse than the last couple of days,” told the Grand Slam king to Helene Elliott. He further told that the foot is annoying him for days. The Spanish professional, with the disturbing foot, has already won three titles this year that includes, including the ATP Summer Set trophy, historical Australian Open 2022 title and Mexican Open title.
World No. 4 Nadal had to withdraw from majors including Tokyo Olympics 2020, following a foot injury. The 35-year-old was then sidelined for four months before he had a fire come back into the 2022 tennis season at ATP Cup and since he keeps extending his winning streak.
Although the player didn’t sound like the issue is something that can compel him to stop playing in the tournament, he has a long way to go. Nadal defeated Reilly Opelka 7-6(3), 7-6(5) to advance to the quarterfinals of the Indian Wells Masters setting up a clash against Nick Kyrgios, who entered the tournament with a wildcard, tomorrow, March 18th, Friday, at 3:30 am IST.