Rafael Nada admits: 'I almost retired after Roland Garros'

“I almost retired after Roland Garros”

Rafael Nadal won two major titles in 2022 despite many injuries and setbacks. World No. 3 conquered the Australian Open and Roland Garros to overtake Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer with 22 Major crowns. Nadal missed the second part of 2021 due to a foot injury and has made an incredible comeback this season.

The Spaniard managed a miracle against Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final, winning 20 consecutive games en route to the Acapulco title and Indian Wells final. Rafa broke a rib in the desert and fell in the title match against Taylor Fritz.

More importantly, he skipped his beloved events in Monte Carlo and Barcelona and was out of shape in Madrid and Rome. To make matters worse, the foot pain was present again and Nadal wasn’t in a good position ahead of Roland Garros.

The Spaniard took his doctor to Paris and received foot injections before each game to neutralize the pain and endure the exertion. He did so in style, as so often before, overcoming the most difficult obstacles to regain the trophy lost to Novak Djokovic a year ago.

So Nadal clinched the 14th Roland Garros title and the 22nd Major, becoming the oldest champion in Paris and improving his numbers that nobody would equal. Rafa overpowered Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev to reach the final, dominating Casper Ruud to lift the trophy and make history.

Despite this, Rafa was thinking about retirement at that moment and found it increasingly difficult to deal with constant pain and setbacks.

Rafael Nadal thought about retiring after Roland Garros.

He continued his tennis journey, but more setbacks were imminent!

The Spaniard suffered a seven-millimeter abdominal tear at Wimbledon that halted his progress and ended his chances at the US Open. Rafa lost to Frances Tiafoe in the fourth round in New York, missing an opportunity to become world No. 1.

1 at 36. Nadal played a game at the Laver Cup alongside Roger Federer and returned home to Mallorca to be with his wife. Xisca is set to make a spot in the coming weeks and Rafa wants to be close to her. The Spaniard should return to the pitch before the end of the season when everything is fine with his wife and baby and he has recovered physically to play at the desired level.

“I have no plans to retire, but I had to admit that I almost made that decision in Paris this year. I thought Roland Garros might be my last tournament for the last three months.

My foot was not good and I hurt my stomach at Wimbledon and again in New York. Alongside these major setbacks, there were personal issues and issues. Still, I don’t feel like thinking about retirement as things are not entirely lost.

I would like to recover physically in the coming weeks and see that everything is going well in my personal life; that is the priority. I want to organize my life properly and stay calm in all senses, professionally, personally and physically. After that I can start again,” said Rafael Nadal.

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