When Rafael Nadal skipped the Masters Cup due to a foot injury

Rafael Nadal has been dealing with a foot injury for nearly two decades! The Spaniard has learned to live with it over the years, even though it has been bothering him a lot in the past 12 months. Nadal needed the injections to withstand the efforts at Roland Garros and claim the 22nd major title, although he is unsure of his future if the pain remains at that level.

Rafa’s left foot problems began in Madrid 2005 when he broke in that epic final against Ivan Ljubicic. The youngster finished the match and won it, although it cost him dearly, as he had to withdraw from the first Masters Cup two weeks later.

Rafa came to Shanghai hoping his foot would take the matches and give him a chance to compete. Instead, he felt the pain again, and doctors advised him to skip the event and end the season. After a gigantic battle, Rafa defeated Ivan 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 after three hours and 53 minutes, made one of the most amazing comebacks of his career and enjoyed one of the proudest moments of his young career!

Bored by the adrenaline, the Spaniard endured the pain but could barely stand it the next day. Ljubicic played at a high level in the opening two sets, dominating the serve and back, getting close to the finish line and his first Masters 1000 title.

Nadal rebounded in the third set and broke Ljubicic in the fourth game to gain a boost. The Spaniard saved the break points at the crucial moments to secure the set and start his comeback. Evan lost Edge in those moments, and Rafael broke it in the third game of the fourth set with a forehand to boost his confidence.

The home favorite saved a break point in Game Six and hit the winner with the serve to create a 4-2 gap.

Rafael Nadal broke his foot during the 2005 Madrid Masters final.

Serving for the set at 5-4, Rafa held out at 30 to send the thrilling match into a playoff in front of the Spanish partisan crowd.

A superb volley from Ljubicic’s aerial shot gave Ljubicic two break points in the second game of the final set, and moved up front after Nadal’s horrific backhand. The Spaniard broke again right after Evan’s double fault, and they remained in the neck and neck until the tie was broken.

Nadal opened the 3-0 lead with a beautiful winning forehand in the cross areas and did well to open the 5-2 lead. Rafa got another small break after Evan’s tired forehand for three match points. A teenager turned the first to fall to the ground in disbelief, and began a massive celebration of what had been one of his most notable victories.

“I felt pain during the third set of the Madrid Masters final. After the match, my foot got sore, and I couldn’t train for a week. I went back to the field for light training, but I had to stop because I struggled to move.

I came to Shanghai with pain in my feet, hoping to make regular improvements before the tournament. There was nothing, and I felt pain again yesterday. I went to the hospital for some tests, and the doctors advised me to skip the Masters Cup.

I am so frustrated; It’s my first Masters Cup, and I was excited to play. I can’t tell you much about the Australian Open now, I need more testing. Many players from the top are injured, and the schedule is very tough.

Maybe we need to change a few things, but that doesn’t depend on me. “I’ve won a lot of matches this year but I can’t play every week, especially not at the highest level,” said Rafael Nadal.

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