The 20-time Major champion Rafael Nadal received treatment on his troubled left foot in Barcelona, doing everything to recover for the 2022 season. Rafa has been dealing with injuries throughout this season, first with back pain in Australia and later with his foot that forced him to skip the rest of the season and miss Wimbledon and the US Open. Rafa skipped the ATP Cup in February after experiencing back issues in Adelaide while preparing for the new season. The Spaniard gave his best to compete at the Australian Open, winning the opening four matches without losing a set and opening a massive advantage against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarters. Experiencing an enormous blow, Nadal lost the last three sets to hit the exit door and stayed away from the court until April and his beloved clay.
Hoping for a good run in Monte Carlo, Rafa lost in the quarters to Andrey Rublev in three sets before securing the 12th Barcelona Open crown. In the final, Nadal endured a stern test from Tsitsipas and beat him in three hours and 38 minutes after fending off a match point. Alexander Zverev defeated Nadal in Madrid, and the Spaniard bounced back in Rome, saving match points against Denis Shapovalov and beating Novak Djokovic in the final to secure his 36th Masters 1000 crown. Seeking the 14th crown at his Parisian kingdom, Nadal suffered only the third Roland Garros defeat in the semis to Novak Djokovic, falling after four hours and 11 minutes and feeling a sharp pain in his foot in the fourth set.
Rafael Nadal underwent a foot treatment in Barcelona.
Staying away from the court for three weeks, Nadal skipped Wimbledon and the Olympic Games and tested his foot in Washington. After two challenging matches, the Spaniard decided to wrap up the season and take care of his foot ahead of 2022, eager to extend his career and fight for notable titles again in the next couple of years.
“Hello everyone, I haven’t communicated with you through the networks for a while. I was in Barcelona with my team and the medical team to receive a treatment on my foot that will keep me a few days of rest and a few weeks off the track,” Rafael Nadal said.