Spanish veteran Rafael Nadal, who fell in the Indian Wells final against American Taylor Fritz, spoke about the physical problem and the pain he felt in his chest during the match, which prevented him from breathing normally.
“All I can say is that it’s hard for me to breathe. I don’t know, when I try to breathe it’s very painful and uncomfortable,” the 35-year-old veteran said in a postgame press release.
He continued, “I don’t know if there’s anything in my ribs, I don’t know yet. When I breathe and when I move I feel like there’s a needle inside all the time. It makes me feel a little dizzy.” because it hurts. It limits me a lot. Not only because of the pain, I don’t even feel good because it affects my breathing.”
However, “El Matador” said that the talk now should not revolve around him and his physical problems, but about the great victory that Fritzer achieved over him with a score of 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in two hours. and 6 minutes, to win the American his first title in the Masters 1000 Points Tournament.
He said about it: “This is not the time to talk about this, frankly. Even if it is clear that today I cannot do normal things. It is definite. I tried. I lost against a great player. It is not the day to talk about it. what’s happening to me. “It’s your day and we don’t need to hide that in my comments.”
Chest pain for Nadal, who also has problems with his left foot, began on Saturday during an epic three-hour semi-final match against compatriot Carlos Alcaraz.
In the final match against Fritz, Nadal requested medical assistance twice because of his chest pain and was not comfortable throughout the match, thus ending the Spanish star’s winning streak of 20 consecutive wins since the beginning of the match. anus.
Thus, Nadel was unable to win his fourth title in Indian Wells, a tournament he previously won in 2007, 2009 and 2013, and he also failed to win his fourth consecutive title in 2022, after winning the Australian Open. Melbourne and Acapulco titles this year.