‘Rafael Nadal was practically on one leg in Washington,’ says Carlos Moya

Over the past 16 years, Rafael Nadal has achieved almost everything on the tennis court, securing 20 Major titles and 36 Masters 1000 trophies. Since his early years on the Tour, the Spaniard has dealt with injuries, struggled with numerous setbacks and skipped some essential tournaments. In Madrid 2005, Nadal won an epic final against Ivan Ljubicic despite a broken left foot, prevailing in five sets but finishing the season and staying away from the action for a couple of months. Rafa has learned how to deal with it over the years, almost always feeling slighter or sharper pain but pushing strong en route to becoming one of the greatest players of all time. Nadal’s foot hurt again last year following a long break due to the pandemic, and it got worse in June during the Roland Garros semi-final against Novak Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal will miss the rest of the season due to a foot injury.

Rafa lost that one in four sets, having nothing left in the tank in the closing stages and missing three weeks of training. The Spaniard withdrew from Wimbledon and the Olympic Games before testing his foot in Washington, which did not end up well. Still feeling a massive pain, Nadal decided to withdraw from Toronto and Cincinnati before making an even more radical move and put the rest of the season aside. Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya explained Rafa’s problems, saying there have constantly been here since the last year’s break from the Tour and that he played almost on one leg against Lloyd Harris in Washington, losing in three sets despite a great effort.

“The foot injury got worse last year following that long break. Rafa failed to finish many training sessions, and we had to change the training and reduce the pressure on the foot, thinking of tournaments. He has been in pain for months. In the final match against Lloyd Harris at Washington, Rafa was practically on one leg. Rafa’s main objective is to regain good feeling with a foot and mentally because hobbling around all year has not helped him. He started with back pain in Australia, and he has played just seven events this season. Rafa had to withdraw from Wimbledon, Tokyo, and now the US Open and ATP Finals. That’s why he has to concentrate on himself, not what’s happening on the Tour,” Carlos Moya said.