Update: More photos!
Rafa’s having some problems with a wisdom tooth and I’m officially older than dirt. (I had mine taken out before Rafa was born.)
Rafael Nadal was hoping Wednesday that pain from an inflamed wisdom tooth will subside before his opening action at the Miami Masters.
Fourth seed Nadal, fresh from the semi-finals last week at Indian Wells, has been seen by a dentist after the tooth trouble which left him unable to train for two days prior to Tuesday when he resumed.
Was it the tooth or a trip to Mexico that didn’t allow you to train, Rafa? (Link thanks to Maria.)
“I’m hoping it will better today and tomorrow,” said the Spaniard. He said that he will eventually have to have the problem tooth removed but put the timetable at “not now.”
They often don’t just get better…unless they are fine and just cutting through the gum, but still.
Maria also sent in this article. (And, I think a few people posted it on comments – I’m sorry, I’m behind on everything.)
Mallorca-born Nadal returned from a six week injury layoff to reach the Indian Wells semi-finals last week but said he was unsure if he was back to his best level following his knee problems.
“I don’t know, I need to keep improving,” the six-times Grand Slam winner said.
“I need to play consecutive matches and play knowing that nothing will happen to me if I push myself to the limit.
“Subconsciously I have more fear now and I don’t know if the limit I am setting is the real one, the one from before.”
After suffering from physical problems throughout his career, Nadal said he would give anything to be injury free.
“If you think about it, you are not only fighting against your opponent but also against yourself,” he said. “And that kills you and affects your mind.”
*sigh* The mental bit’s always the toughest. You can do eeeeeeeeet! Rafa.
Photos from the presser:
Photos Chris McGrath/Getty Images, AP Photo/J Pat Carter, and REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity