Nadal regains strength

Rafa Nadal started the defense of Roland Garros yesterday with a victory against Hanfmann on the fast track: in three sets and in less than two ...


Rafa Nadal started the defense of Roland Garros yesterday with a victory against Hanfmann on the fast track: in three sets and in less than two hours. The same resolution as their eternal rivals Federer and Djokovic. Every saving of effort that goes now to the piggy bank will be appreciated in the future. Much more if you are thirty-something, as is the case of the three. And even more if your body is flooded by the scars of so many previous battles, which punish both the physical and the soul. "Rafa has come to lose the illusion," Carlos Moya said on the eve. and those same sensations Nadal himself has repeated to Nacho Albarrán in an interview. If we add up all the days he has been off since he started competing in 2003, the Balearic exceeds three years of inactivity. An atrocity. It is very hard to have to get up so many times.

Nadal never gives up. That is the quality that we have always admired most of him. On the track is irreducible, inexhaustible, unbreakable ... Does not give a ball for lost. If it goes behind on the scoreboard, we know it can come back. If you face a match-ball, we trust you to save it. If he succumbs to a rival, we are already waiting for a rematch. That same spirit that he exhibits in the competition, he has had to extrapolate to combat his ordeal of injuries. Against that he fights, but he has shocks. Nadal confesses that he has spent 18 bad months, that touched bottom in Barcelona, that he suffers fear of relapse ... But also that he has already recovered the inner strength that has placed him on the ramp towards his 12th Musketeers Cup. He is not a superhero, although at times he seems so. Is human. And that makes it bigger.



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