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‘He always comes back’ – Rafael Nadal backed to overcome injury woes

Seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander has said he is “not worried” about Rafael Nadal and his continuous battles with injuries stating that “he always comes back.”

Rafael Nadal has faced a number of injury setbacks this season, most notably his cracked rib sustained at the Indian Wells Masters in March which forced him to miss the majority of the European clay court swing.

Before his 6-week injury lay off, the Spanish veteran was on a blistering run of form which included title wins in Acapulco and Melbourne as well as capturing a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title.

Last week, the 35-year-old Rafael Nadal suffered yet another injury set back, which has cast doubt over his fitness for the French Open which commences on 22nd May.

During his loss to Canada’s Denis Shapovalov in three sets at the Madrid Open, the 21-time Grand Slam winner admitted afterwards that he is “living” with a persistent foot injury – the same injury which kept him out at the end of the 2021 season.

Discussing his injury woes, former world number one Mats Wilander has claimed he is not worried about Nadal’s injury problems stating that “he has learned to come back from injuries and he always comes back.”

The Swede, in an exclusive interview with Marca, told reporters, “Rafa’s career is like that. I always compare Rafa to a horse: he will run as fast as he can and fight. His effort has no limits, his limit is injuries.

“He will continue until an injury does not allow him to play anymore. The reality is that he has learned to come back from injuries and he always comes back. You always see something different in him when he’s back. One day he won’t be able to come back. He hinted that he might not be able to last year and the results have proven him wrong.”

Wilander continued stating that Nadal, even if still injured, will make sure he is able to compete physically at the Paris Slam next week.

“It is true that he could feel injured in Rome, but he knows how to preserve his physique to give himself a chance at Roland Garros.”

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