Rafael Nadal 'considered shutting down my season' after Indian Wells injury

Rafael Nadal 'considered shutting down my season' after Indian Wells injury

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French Open champion Rafa Nadal has said he almost ended his season after being forced to withdraw from the Indian Wells semifinals with a knee injury in March but played through the pain at Roland Garros to clinch a record-extending 12th title.

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Spending more than eight hours on the court in the previous two matches, Kei stood no chance against Roland Garros king Rafael Nadal who beat him 6-1, 6-1, 6-3, with the Japanese struggling with a right upper arm injury that prevented him from showing more against Rafa. Before that he lost in three successive semi-finals on the red dirt despite his dominance on the surface.

"I'm going to have to adjust my schedule a little bit, but that's a matter I'll discuss with my team".

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"Another option was to press on and play through the pain".

Scheduled to play his next tournament in Halle, Kei has chose to skip the first event on the grass season after six consecutive appearances there, needing more time to heal his hand and wanting to avoid poor performance and injuries that had happened to him in Halle in the past.

"After all I've been through, acquiring an injury isn't something that goes through my mind when I'm on the court". "I hope to compete for the title again in the next few years". Last Friday Thiem slogged his way past Novak Djokovic in a marathon five-set semi-final and had requested a delay to the final but his request was denied.

In doing so, the 33-year-old Spaniard became the first player to win the same major 12 times. "I promised myself that I would play through Roland Garros with the attitude and energy necessary to confront all obstacles in my way".

Kvitova won the Birmingham event in 2017 in just her second tournament back following a serious knife attack that almost ended her career, and followed up with a victory over Magdalena Rybarikova to lift the title again a year ago.