Rafael Nadal ready for ‘difficult’ recovery from foot injury

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Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from Wimbledon, Tokyo 2020 and the US Open.© TBEN

Rafael Nadal admitted on Wednesday he was facing a “difficult” and “painful” recovery from the foot injury that forced the 20-time Grand Slam champion to miss Wimbledon, the Olympics and the US Open. Nadal ended his season in August with an injury and said his foot was still “a bit sore” in the presentation of a documentary on his tennis academy. The 35-year-old said he “can’t wait to improve and face a process that will be difficult in some ways and painful in others, but one that I have to go through to fight again for what I want”. Nadal posted a photo of himself on Instagram on Saturday holding crutches with his left foot bandaged.

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He announced he was in Barcelona “to receive foot treatment which will require a few days off and a few weeks off the pitch”.

After playing his last game of the year in Washington in early August, when he lost to South African Lloyd Harris, Nadal then withdrew from Wimbledon, Tokyo 2020 and the US Open.

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The Spaniard holds the common record for men’s Grand Slam wins, tied at 20 with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who lost in the US Open final on Sunday to Daniil Medvedev.

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“Over the years, things get more and more complicated because you have to be realistic, time does not stand still for anyone, but I am always excited”, concluded Nadal during the presentation of the documentary, which will be premiered on Friday.

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