Rafael Nadal, after his victory against Sock: ” I have a bad foot since 2005 ”

Rafael Nadal, after his victory against Sock: '' I have a bad foot since 2005 ''

It’s back. After 54 days of absence in the circuit, Rafael Nadal (3rd) returned to the courts in the Washington ATP 500 with a hard-fought victory over the American Jack Sock (192 °) by 6-2, 4-6 and 7-6 (1) to advance to round of 16 of the tournament. After sealing his pass to the next round, the manacorí spoke to the press and was categorical about the status of your foot: ” I have it bad since 2005 ”.

In a premiere in which he had to fight more than necessary to defeat his rival, the winner of 20 Grand Slam was noticed with some discomfort in his foot during the match. Given this, this medium consulted him about those ailments and if they can become an impediment in the face of what is coming. ” I don’t know, I didn’t have any blows. I have had a bad foot since 2005, this is a reality, it is nothing new. There are times that it hurts more and there are times that it hurts less. After the dirt season I’ve had a bad time And now we have to make an effort to try to do things in the best way during this month and have opportunities to compete in the best way that is what I feel like. The foot has to help me a little and at the moment it is not doing it. I will fight until I can”, affirmed the N ° 3 of the world to ESPN Tennis.

In addition, the one born in Manacor 35 years ago told how his preparation will be to face his next duel against South African Lloyd Harris (50 °): “I have been resting long enough, so it’s not about resting anymore, it’s time to move on. It is time not to practice a lot because I already played a three-hour game and I need to be ready for tomorrow. TI will have a short training session and try to get ready for the game, I know there will be another tough opponent ahead. We will see, it will be another day, another opportunity to play in front of this incredible crowd. I want to enjoy the experience again “

Finally, the former number 1 in the ranking and winner of 88 titles was happy for his return to the courts after almost two months of absence and said: ”It has been a beautiful night in terms of energy, the audience has been incredible. The support from the city from the first day I arrived has been the greatest I have had in my career, so I am very happy to visit Washington and play here for the first time. The game was not easy, I think I started the first set more or less well, but then I was bad in the second. At that moment I began to suffer with my foot, to suffer too much. It was tough, but I finished the game playing better, that’s the important thing. I hope to be ready tomorrow. ”

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