Toni updates us on Rafa’s progress
Genny_SS (aka SpanishRNFan) has posted a summation of an interview Toni gave on Monday on Facebook. For those who don’t do Facebook, here you go:
Last Monday, Toni was in a TV program “Fora de Joc”, where he was asked about Rafa. Here you have a summary of the main things he said (via @tomeuterrasa and @PauFerragut and the articles listed below):
- Rafa’s recovery is going well, but slowly. The problem is that the fat in the knee has hardened and now they have to wait till it softens up. In addition, after he had his four wisdom teeth taken out, Rafa suffered an infection that has prevented the treatment from being as effective as it had been in previous occasions.
- Toni discarded that this injury could mean Rafa’s retirement and hopes that being forced to be out will help Rafa to recover completely. Toni considers that this time off is not a mental issue and will be good for Rafa to recover and regenerate his whole body, as he’s been playing with a lot of pain since 2005.
- Toni’s convinced that Rafa will be a candidate to win titles in 2013, and he doesn’t care whether Rafa is #1, #4 or #24. Without the knee injury, Rafa would have been in the battle for year end #1, but he thinks it is more important to compete to win titles than the ranking. In Rome 2010, Toni saw that Rafa had a lot of pain and he told Rafa that they could either go home or endure a bit more…. Winning the title made difference.
- Despite not being able to compete, Toni says that Rafa is very fortunate as he plays tennis, things are going well for him financially and in his sport. Toni hopes Rafa will be at the top level again, as he’s motivated to go on and is not sad at all.
- Every day, Rafa does physical workout and physiotherapy in order not to be out of shape. They’re trying to be as fit as possible not to have to start from scratch when Rafa’s fully recovered.
- Toni considers the 2012 season has been good with the victory in one GS and two M1000 in Monte-Carlo and Rome. It’s not likely that Rafa plays at the WTF in London (it’s not on a favorable surface and Rafa’d have to face the best players without having competed previously) and thus the idea would be to arrive in Australia after having trained for 2 months. However, he didn’t completely discard to try to be ready for the DC Final provided Rafa has fully recovered, the surface is favorable, and the DC captain counts on Rafa.
- Toni’s children were fans of Barça (as Toni is), but Rafa has converted the youngest one in a Real Madrid fan. Toni hopes he’ll change his mind again….. [LOL :D]
- Toni Nadal: “Una infeción, tras extraerle las cuatro muelas del juicio, le ha perjudicado en la recuperación de la rodilla” (mangle)
- Toni Nadal: “Rafel realiza un trabafo físico y fisioterapeuta diario para no perder la forma” (mangle)
- Toni Nadal: “Es muy difícil que acudamos a la Copa Masters de Londres” (mangle)