'That's Why I'm Not Over-Positive': Nadal Details Injury Scare After Brisbane Loss

'That's Why I'm Not Over-Positive': Nadal Details Injury Scare After Brisbane Loss

by Zachary Wimer

Rafael Nadal experienced a major scare during his Brisbane International match as he felt something in his hip.

The Spaniard missed much of last year due to a hip injury that also happened in Australia, and this was his first ATP event back. It was going really well with two impressive wins, but today's match against Jordan Thompson wasn't that good.

He wasted 3 match points to send the match into a 3rd set and then felt something in his hip calling for a medical timeout. After the match, Nadal admitted that he doesn't know what's going on and he'll see how he'll feel tomorrow after waking up.

Oh, I don't know. I need to see how I wake up tomorrow morning. I mean, we have been talking these last days, talking about the positive things. That's why I am not over-positive when I have been talking. I have been talking with a lot of precaution because I know after a year is difficult for the body to be playing tournaments at the highest level.

Obviously, he didn't know how the comeback would go because the only real test was stepping onto the court and actually playing tennis. Situations like this one are unpredictable; the body reacted how it reacted, and now it's about seeing what will happen.

When the things are becoming more difficult, you don't know how your body going to react. I need to be open. Nothing changed for me. The way I approach everything didn't change at all. I need to accept everything how it comes. If things happens, if I have one problem there, one problem to the other part of the body, I need to accept.

It could be a huge setback, which would be devastating, but it also could be nothing more than soreness. We'll find out in the coming days.


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