The Lefty’s back.
Rafa’s interview with TVE1 was aired on SBS in Australia this morning, not that I understood a single word of it. Doesn’t matter – I kinda went deaf when I saw footages of Rafa training topless in the pool anyway.
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From what I gather, Rafa mainly talked about his injury, and why he chose to pull out of Wimbledon:
Rafael Nadal says treatment on his painful knees has allowed a return to serious training and he hopes to defend his Montreal ATP title in two weeks.
Speaking for the first time since he withdrew from Wimbledon and didn’t defend his title at the All England Club, Nadal said he had grown tired of always playing tennis with searing pain in his knees.
“I had spent several months like this and when I came back from Miami (in April) it really hurt badly, especially my right knee, and the truth is that it was a different pain,” Nadal told Spanish TVE1 television on Tuesday.
Nadal said the severe pain in the upper part of his right kneecap convinced him he could not carry on playing through the agony, a decision that made him withdraw from Wimbledon.
The former world No.1 said he had become used to playing with pain, relying on anti-inflammatories and decided after failing to win a fifth successive French Open that it was time to try to solve the problem.
He said he had played Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and Madrid with the pain (and won the first three).
It was at the Madrid Masters, where he lost in the final to Roger Federer 6-4 6-4 a week before the French Open, that he sought medical advice.
“One gets tired of always having to play with pain,” Nadal said.
The Spaniard said it was his hope and his dream to be in Montreal for the Rogers Cup, which he has won twice, including last year.
Source: Tennis Australia
If anything the interview sent out a message that the Spaniard has been working harder than ever on his game, with various footage of Rafa’s training drills aired during the interview. I hardly noticed them, since I was too busy watching Rafa’s left eyebrow wriggle whenever he got excited. That will never fail to crack me up.