BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
Rafael Nadal has revealed he will on Wednesday have MRI on his leg injury that ended his campaign at 2018 Australian Open.
The world number one was trailing Marin Cilic 3-6 6-3 6-7 6-2 2-0 in a quarter-final match on Tuesday when he felt an unbearable pain in his leg muscle, culminating in his retirement.
The Spaniard said he couldn’t ascertain the degree of the injury as he expressed his frustration over his exit from the first Grand Slam of the year during an interview with the tournament’s official website.
Asked how bad the injury was, Nadal said: “I can’t say because I don’t know. Just happened 10 minutes ago and is impossible to know. As I said before, is difficult to know exactly what it is now. Is difficult to know exactly the muscle. Just happened minutes ago. This type of injury is difficult to know immediately, no? We need to wait a couple of hours. Tomorrow I am going to do a test, an MRI here, and then we will know. But now…
He added: “I am very sorry but I really cannot remember now. Start to feel the muscle little bit tired in the third, but playing normal, no limits, no limitation. Then in the fourth at one movement, one dropshot I think, I felt something. At that moment I thought something happened, but I didn’t realize how bad, how bad was what’s going on in that moment. Just happened, and accept the situation. That’s all.
“Yes. Tough moments. Is not the first time an opportunity that is gone for me. I am a positive person, and I can be positive, but today is an opportunity lost to be in the semifinals of a Grand Slam and fight for an important title for me, no? In this tournament already happened a couple of times in my life, so it’s really I don’t want to say frustration, but is really tough to accept, especially after a tough December that I had without having a chance to start in Abu Dhabi and then Brisbane.
“Yeah, I worked hard to be here. We did all the things that we believed were the right things to do to be ready. I think I was ready. I was playing okay. Yeah, I was playing a match that anything could happen: could win, could lose. I’m being honest. He was playing good, too. That’s the real thing.
“But I was fighting for it. I was two sets to one up. Yeah, just accept, recover, come back home, stay with my people, and keep going. That’s all. Always in the tough moments, even if difficult to think about it, there is so many positive things that happened in my career.
“It’s a negative thing, but I don’t going to complain because happened to me more than others. But on other hand I was winning more than almost anyone. That’s the real thing. But who knows, if I didn’t have all these injuries…
“High on the leg. But I don’t want to lie. Tomorrow we are going to communicate what’s going on after the MRI. You know, is not the moment to say what’s going on or what not going on because we really don’t know and the doctor really don’t know yet. Is better to wait just a few hours. Give me that time, and tomorrow afternoon we’ll let you know. Now is not the moment because anything that we can say not going to be true.