In an interview with the YouTube channel of former Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg, Rafael Nadal spoke about his future and also praised Novak Djokovic’s mental strength. Rafa said: “I think everyone has problems, especially people who play sports that push the mental and physical part to the limit.
As you get older, the sensations become slightly different. I was having a hard time with my left foot injury. I hope to recover and be ready for the start of next season. Of course I have some doubts, but I know the process.
I have found myself in this situation many times in my career. It’s true that as time goes by it gets much more difficult, but I’m really happy with the path I’m taking. I know what to do to get back. If I can play without feeling too much pain, I’ll get my chances.
Doubts allow you to work correctly. If you are not questioning yourself in your life, it means that you are an arrogant person. You should always ask yourself what is the best thing to do. I think too much confidence can help you in the beginning, but in the long run it won’t let you work well.
Djokovic? He’s probably a machine mentally, but I’m sure he doubts him too. We have a different character, but they both work. Everyone has to find their way. There is no single path to success.”
Rafael Nadal ‘season’
Unfortunately for the second part of the season, Rafael Nadal was conditioned by the problem in his left foot, which prevented him from expressing himself fully from Paris.
After missing Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, the Spaniard tried to take the field at the ATP 500 tournament in Washington. The Mallorcan moved rather poorly on the pitch and showed a strong discomfort in his foot. The negative feelings everyone had with the American at the end of the match were later confirmed as Nadal struggled even harder against Lloyd Harris.
After consultation with doctors and several checks on the extent of the injury, Nadal finally decided to undergo a certain treatment, not actual surgery, and end his season early. The Mallorcan has increased his workload in recent weeks and will compete in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at the end of December.
His aim is to present himself in the best possible conditions in Australia, where he may be the only one of the Big 3 to compete in the 2022 Australian Open.