Rafael Nadal discussed the treatment he used last year for getting his knees in good health. Speaking to the press Tuesday after his first win at the Shanghai Rolex Masters, he’s what Nadal revealed:
“PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma therapy) worked unbelievable on my knee before, in 2010, 2009,” Nadal said. “2009 I had to pull out of Wimbledon, then I came back, but still I have pain. Just after Monte‑Carlo I did for the first time in my life the PRP treatment for me knee, but it was on the top of the knee, not down. Worked unbelievable. That injury I had was recovered 100% in very short period of time during the PRP treatment.
“With the injury I have now, I did. I tried lot of times, and it really didn’t help me a lot. The machines I have at home, the only thing that help me is to put me a little bit more fit without have to run or something like this, to make an aggression on the tendon. But seriously we didn’t find the key of the recover because I need to keep working hard on finding things that will help me more.”
He went on saying that his left is still not 100%, that he still feels pain. But he’s able to control it now.
“I did a lot of things,” added Nadal. “We tried to find solutions in every moment. The feeling ‑ I say it since I came back ‑ the feeling on the knee is not 100% perfect. But the feeling on the knee is very good for me because even if I have pain a lot of days, the pain is not limiting my movements. That’s the most important thing. I am playing with no limitations. I am free when I am playing.
“Even if I have pain, I am able to control that pain ‑ something in the past I was not able to control that pain, so I couldn’t play. But the feeling is I would like to improve a little bit more. But for the moment, I am happy because I am able to play. Since I came back after the injury, I was able to play all the tournaments I want and with a very good feelings.”
Nadal won his second round match today beating Alexandr Dolgpolov. He’ll face Carlos Berlocq, who upset John Isner, in the third round tonight.
After losing on Sunday to Novak Djokovic in the Beijing final, Nadal is now 27-1 on the year on hardcourts, a surface he maintains is not healthy for players and for the sport.
“I say because is something that I think going to be fair for the next generations,” Nadal said. “If they are able to play in an easier surface for the body, to try to have a longer career, to try to be more healthy when they finish his careers ‑ something that probably I will not have that lucky.”
Nadal added that he no longer wants to be involved in the politics of the sport because, simply, nothing really gets done.
“I am really out of politics, and I don’t want to be involved in politics of the tennis anymore,” he said. ” I know even if you have strong ideas and even if you believe the changes are possible, I know there is always a wall there that is impossible to go over. I don’t know. What I am saying I am saying because is something that I feel. If somebody from the ATP asks me, I will say the same things. But as always happened, nothing gonna change.”
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