‘I’d rather lose the final’: Rafael Nadal willing to sacrifice 22nd Grand Slam title for new left foot

Rafael Nadal says he’s willing to sacrifice a record 22nd Grand Slam title in exchange for a new foot. Nadal has been playing in the ongoing 2022 French Open with a chronic left foot injury which he believes could prove fatal and end his illustrious career at any time. However, the tall Spaniard, who has shown courage and determination over the years, reached another final despite the injury. Nadal will face Casper Rudd in the 2022 Roland-Garros men’s singles final on Sunday, June 5.

It’s been a far from easy ride for Nadal at Roland-Garros this year. It’s a tournament the 21-time Grand Slam winner has dominated over the years, however, playing with an injury means he’s still at risk of making it worse at the end of his career. Nadal said he would “rather lose the final” to Rudd in exchange for a new left foot.

Ahead of the final against Rudd at Roland Garros 2022, Nadal said a new foot would allow him to live happily ever after and that it was worth more than a record 22nd Grand Slam title. Nadal became the first man to win 21 Grand Slam titles after winning the Australian Open this year.

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“Without a doubt, I would prefer to lose the final,” said Nadal, who turned 36 on Friday when asked if he had a foot injury. “My opinion does not change. A new foot would allow me to be happier in my daily life”, he added.

“Winning is very nice and it gives you an adrenaline rush, but it’s temporary and after that you have to keep living. I have a life ahead of me and in the future I would like to play sports with my friends My happiness comes before any title,” explained the 21-time Grand Slam champion.

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On Friday, Nadal won the 2022 French Open semi-final against Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who was forced to withdraw from the match after a horrific ankle injury. The German left the field in a wheelchair screaming in pain and agony before returning to concede the semi-final. Nadal and Zverev were seen embracing after the German’s injury.

In the other semi-final, the Norwegian Casper Rudd got the better of Marin Cilic to reach the final. He will now face Nadal in the summit clash for the elusive title in what may prove to be one of the toughest matches of his career.

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