Nadal puts on the brakes

Rafa's case is similar to Roger Federer's. They both want to give themselves another chance, but they need time. Here we await you with open arms.


Rafa Nadal has decided to put the brakes on. His absence from the next US Open was foreseeable, especially after his resignations from the 1,000 Masters in Canada and Cincinnati, and having played only two games in Washington, both limping, after the break that was imposed at the end of Roland Garros and that left two goodies like Wimbledon and the Olympics off the calendar. His absence extended to the rest of the 2021 season is something more surprising, unexpected, although it falls within the logic if what you are looking for is a longer-term solution, instead of putting patches on. Nadal is 35 years old and has been playing at the highest level since 2003. His endless injuries began in those early days, in fact this battered foot comes from then. If we add up all his periods of inactivity, Rafa adds the chilling figure of almost four years of absence. It is a lot, a lot, for a body required to extreme performance. Nadal is used to competing with pain, living with injuries, an eternal return from hell to heaven. But it costs more and more.

Nadal has won 20 Grand Slam titles, with some stratospheric records like those 13 Roland Garros; he has 36 victories in Masters 1,000, a record that he shares with Novak Djokovic; It has been 209 weeks number one in the world; he has won two Olympic golds and has been the flag bearer for Spain, he has been crowned five times in the Davis Cup ... Rafa has won practically everything, he does not need to prove or prove anything. If you want to go back to the top, it is simply for the enjoyment of your sport and competition. That is why it is logical that you want to do it well, it is no longer worth dragging your pain through the circuit. It is a case similar to that of Roger Federer, with the difference that the Swiss has entered the 40s. Both intend to give themselves another chance, but they need time to do so. We await you here with open arms.

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