Nadal sends the doctor to another track

The round of 16 match against Fabio Fognini had not yet started when a doctor and a physiotherapist approached the chair of ...

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The round of 16 match against Fabio Fognini had not yet started when a doctor and a physiotherapist approached Rafa Nadal's chair to offer him services that, in theory, the number two in the world had requested. Concern spread among fans who witnessed the scene. “Rafa is injured again, he has relapsed again”, was the dark thought that invaded us all. Nadal's physical background inevitably pushes pessimism when a toilet hovers around. "No, not me, maybe it's on another track," replied the Spaniard, surprised and smiling, to the relief of the staff. It had been a false alarm, a mistake. The thing remained in an anecdote, that was loaded with symbolism during the course of the meeting, while Nadal demonstrated, ball by ball, that indeed he no longer needs such care. "I feel much better," he acknowledged at a press conference after defeating the always dangerous Italian in three sets, 6-3, 6-4 and 6-2, in two hours and 16 minutes, and qualifying for the quarterfinals.

With the caution advised by the character's history and the demands of highly competitive sport, Nadal has left behind those two weeks of pain that prevented him from playing in the ATP Cup, changing his service to survive the first two matches in Australia, and that agonizing speech about his few options if the evils did not remit. Rafa got around the obstacles, until he tried a new infiltration treatment. The first serve at 196 km / h against Cameron Norrie, in the third round, already announced progress. It was a breath of optimism that was confirmed yesterday against Fognini, the first major rival, a tennis player who has knocked down the Balearic four times. So you can be sure, if nothing goes wrong, that the real Nadal, the genuine one, is already here. And it has arrived in time for battle.



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