Rafael Nadal gave a worrying replace on his health after revealing that the ache he felt in his defeat on the Brisbane Open was much like the harm that started his harm nightmare in 2023.
In solely his third match since returning to motion after an 11-month lay-off, Nadal was overwhelmed in three units by Jordan Thompson on the ATP 250 occasion, having overwhelmed Dominic Thiem and Jason Kubler within the earlier rounds.
He known as the coach onto the court docket halfway via the match, inflicting followers and pundits to be involved concerning the chance of a recurrence of his psoas harm.
Nadal is assured that the harm scare is nothing greater than muscle fatigue, however the 37-year-old admitted he was cautious as a result of the ache was in the identical place.
“The ache is in the identical place, however I really feel it is one thing extra muscular due to the fatigue,” Nadal mentioned.
“Final season it was the tendon and the sensation was utterly totally different as a result of I felt it way more. At the moment I did not really feel something, what occurred is that being the identical place scares you extra.
“I hope it is simply that I’ve a loaded muscle after a number of days of taking part in and a troublesome match like this Friday with [Jordan] Thompson. I already mentioned my aim was to be aggressive in a few months.”
Rafael Nadal’s harm nightmare
Nadal suffered a shock defeat towards Mackenzie McDonald within the second spherical of the Australian Open almost a 12 months in the past, which was estimated to maintain him out of motion for as much as eight weeks after being identified with a grade 2 harm.
However the actuality was a lot worse. He required a hip operation which dominated him out of the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open as he plotted one remaining 12 months on the ATP Tour.
Now again on the court docket, the 22-time Grand Slam champion has performed down hopes of him including to his titles. At this level, followers are simply hoping he can keep injury-free for the Australian Open later this month.