“If the foot is fine, I like to continue. A victory or a defeat does not change my way of seeing the future”: so Rafael Nadal spoke to Sky Sport 24 the day after the victory of the 14th Roland Garros. The condition of the left foot (Nadal suffers from Müller-Weiss syndrome, ed.) Will tip the balance. “These two weeks have been beautiful but also difficult – he adds – I can’t always play with anesthesia, it can’t always be done. Let’s see what happens, I want to find a solution”.

The day after the feat in Paris Nadal is still excited: “It’s an incredible story – he says – difficult for me to explain, but that’s the way things are and I’m particularly happy. The last three and a half months have been difficult, c “It was a lot of work behind but also with many limitations. Being able to go all the way to Roland Garros with a win was very exciting.” The future of 36-year-old Nadal is shrouded in uncertainties and questions. After his show of strength against Casper Ruud yesterday Nadal became “Eternal”, “The Sun King” or “Rafael XIV” for the Spanish press. The Spaniard’s supremacy is not limited to clay: he is the most successful player in the history of the men’s Grand Slam circuit with 22 main tournaments, two more than Djokovic and Federer. Not to mention the Olympic titles and the five Davis Cup titles won with Spain. No wonder that in 2020 Marca elected him the greatest Spanish sportsman in history, in front of icons such as basketball player Pau Gasol, cyclist Miguel Indurain, footballer Andrés Iniesta or motorcyclist Marc Marquez.

Nadal’s future remains an unknown because of the painful pathology of his left foot that has accompanied him from the age of 18 more than the age. Meanwhile, the Majorcan went from 5th to 4th place in the ATP rankings thanks to the Parisian triumph. Today Nadal woke up early in the morning to be photographed with the Musketeers Cup around the French capital. After having his portrait taken in all the points of interest in Paris, including the Alexander III bridge, which spans the Seine, the Spaniard took a walkway under the Eiffel Tower. Nadal, as Marca reports, today will return to ‘his’ Mallorca, from where he will move to Barcelona to undergo radiofrequency treatment in an attempt to extend his sports career as much as possible and look forward to the next peak event of the season. , Wimbledon (June 27-July 10).

“Wimbledon is a priority, I’m ready to play with anti-inflammatories but not with injections that anesthetize the foot – said the Majorcan who has won the tournament twice, in 2008 and 2010) – I don’t want to find myself in this situation again “. In the interview with Sky Nadal he then talks about his relationship with Italy: “When I am in Italy I always feel at home and I play with great pleasure at the Foro Italico in Rome which is certainly one of the most important tournaments of my career”, he says. and then, speaking of the new blue recruits, he makes a prediction: “Italy has done and is doing a very good job and we are seeing positive results with Sinner, with Berrettini, with Sonego and now with Musetti. Many young players with great chances of win a Grand Slam and I’m sure it will happen. “