Rafael Nadal: At First I Thought This Ankle Injury Would End My Tournament, Now I Think I Can Play
by Staff | March 24th, 2015, 5:26 pm

A day after taking a spill and injuring his right ankle during a practice session in Miami, Rafael Nadal said he hopes to be ready for action on Friday.

Nadal talked to the press today about his right ankle, telling Reuters:

“In the beginning I thought it was going to be the end of the tournament,” Nadal told Reuters. “But I don’t know now, I don’t think so. I think I am going to be able to compete here.

“Today, if I have to say one thing, for sure I am going to be on court on Friday.

“Another thing is I don’t know how well I am going to be prepared…let’s see, if every day I am improving.”

“I visited the physio of the ATP, they see things like this every week and they said that it doesn’t look very bad,” said Nadal. “It is still painful but I practiced here today for a little bit more than one hour.

“It bothers me but I didn’t push myself very hard. I don’t know how I am going to answer when I try to get at 100 percent, which is what I need to compete well.

“But I am confident I am going to be ready.”

Nadal opens his bid for a first Miami title Friday afternoon against either Nicolas Almagro or Sergiy Stakhovsky. He made the finals last year losing to Novak Djokovic, the fourth time he’s finished runner-up at the prestigious event. Nadal has made the semifinals the last four times he’s played the event.

Rafa’s last hardcourt title came at the start of 2014 in Doha. He has won 7 of the 9 current Masters 1000 events, missing only Miami and Paris.

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27 Comments for Rafael Nadal: At First I Thought This Ankle Injury Would End My Tournament, Now I Think I Can Play

Patson Says:

All the best. Hope you can compete at full strength.

Steve27 Says:

You are the only who can win aginst the Sebinator in these kind of surface.

Vamos campeón!

Okiegal Says:

It’s according to how bad he tweaked his ankle. Sometime they’re worse a day or two later. I’m sure he has the best taking care of him. He better have a good tape job before hitting the court.

TennisVagabond.com Says:

As tradition has it, right after the ceremonial draw, the ceremonial “Casting of Doubt on Rafa’s Health.”
Can’t start the tournament without that!

Bom Kelvin Says:

He still has Shanghai masters to win. So he has 3 more masters to win not 2.

Okiegal Says:

Been waiting for the first snarky remarky….TX posters never let me down…… :(

metan Says:

Yessss, , good news.

skeezer Says:

“Rafael Nadal: At First I Thought This Ankle Injury Would End My Tournament, Now I Think I Can Play”
Of course.

chris ford1 Says:

I think the argument goes that Rafa won the Shanghai Masters when it was in Hamburg. Of course the other big one missing is the ATP YEC Masters.
Fed missed Monte Carlo and Rome.
Novak still needs Cincinnati and You-Know-What. And probably wouldn’t mind an Olympic medal upgrade in 2016. Him and Delpo.

Okiegal Says:

The 2nd snarky remarky…..Skeezer, I’ve been waiting on your’s. Lol. Are you watching Golden State?? My Thunder looking good…the newbies are settling in. A high scoring game!

Hippy Chick Says:

I dont know why we actually needed two threads on Rafa rolling his ankle,way too much clickbait,same old same old,surely ones enough?….

Hippy Chick Says:

Okie just a generalisation,but people aint interested in positive Rafa headlines,only negative ones,he could save 100 children from a burning building and nobody would give a damn,injuries or early losses etc,then people cant wait to pounce,he has a good year like 2008,10,13 and hes overated,he has a year like last year then hes in decline,he beats qualifiers and its oh he only beat a qualifier,he loses to a qualifier and its ha ha lost to a qualifier,whatever the guy does he aint ever ever gonna win?….

Hamza Says:

Some people just don’t have a life. They can’t take snarky comments against their guy, even when there is some truth to it, but love to dish it out to the rival player — especially one guy.

As for Rafa, stay strong dude. Got a whole lot of tennis ahead of you.

Okiegal Says:

@Chick @7:13

Ain’t it the truth!! When I read the article, I thought to myself , here we go again….a feeding frenzy…..here come the sharks! Media loves it when he has problem of any kind……newsworthy! I hope it’s not too sore. Anyway, your comment covered everything! He can not win, no matter what!

Hippy Chick Says:

Okie i sometimes wonder if it was the worst thing i ever did,the day i decided to send in my first post on this forum?….

Okiegal Says:

@Chick…..I’ve had those same thoughts…..

Hippy Chick Says:

Okie its not really made for fans of our favorite anymore,i think the writers are too heavily biased against him….

SG1 Says:

Anyone ever check look up “Rafael Nadal” on Uncyclopedia? Very funny.


Hippy Chick Says:

SG1 Thanks that really cheered me up,i really needed that….

SG1 Says:

You’re welcome. Have to love any web site that claims to be “Content Free”.

Okiegal Says:

@Chick 12:05

Do you suppose the more we complain the worse the bias gets????? They have the upper hand. Like you said two threads?? Why?? In case someone missed the first one!! Lol

Daniel Says:

As much as this site is suppose to be pro Fed, they are always adding some line to make him sound “arrogant”. The problem for Nadal is due to his massive amount of injuries and he is one of the players that most complain, ever. He is always in the spotlight, even if bad one.

I hink he plays better and deliver when he doesn’t say much and go with his business. Last week, complain and lost, this week already an injury which can harm him, not his fault.

But usually the more he complains or voice his opinion the he doesn’t win the tournament. Only exception was RG 2011 when he (but several others as well) pointed that balls were faster.

Hippy Chick Says:

The thing is the ones that say they are sick of hereing about the injuries seem to be the first here complaining and making sarcastic comments,if he bothers people that much then why dont they ignore these type of threads,i cannot see the point in wasting nervous energy,or maybe people just enjoy complaing,or maybe they want rid of the Nadal fan base,maybe in the end they will get their wish?just summizing here….

Giles Says:

Daniel. I see you are complaining more than Rafa. Are you in competition with him? Lol

amadeus Says:

ladies and gentlemen, we present to you, the “ankle drama”.

Daniel Says:

Gules, I am not complaining, just exposing that this site is not as por Fed as some say and Nadal kind of ask to be bashed time and time again on how he and his team behave with his ailments.

But deep down, is something take he can’t control as he is the highest seeded player, with GOAT status ho suffered the most with injuries, so he just can’t avoid the criticism, unless he stops getting hurt altogether:-)

Hippy Chick Says:

Daniel i stand by my post @2.35pm….

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