◼️ The problems in the knee forced another abandonment of Rafa Nadal, who has retired from 14 Grand Slams due to injury
Rafa Nadal couldn’t finish the semifinal duel of the US Open against Del Potro. He was forced to retire due to some painful discomfort in his right knee after having previously bowed in two sets, 7-6 (3) and 6-2. The first set was very even and the Argentinian took him in the tie-break, but the second set was very different. The feeling was that Nadal was not going to be able to finish even the set, although he gave what he had left and even saved a set ball against. He couldn’t continue after the second and once the game stopped, the number one in the world had to retire, he couldn’t take it anymore.
It is the second time in this season that Nadal is forced to leave in a Grand Slam for physical problems after the quarterfinals of Melbourne, he had to retire against Cilic. But how many Grand Slams have deprived Rafa Nadal with injuries during his career? With the two injuries this season it’s necessary to add another 12, that is to say, the Balearic has stopped competing in 14 Grand Slams because of his physical problems.
So we will list them chronologically, from the most distant to the most recent, the injuries that have deprived Nadal of competing in these 14 Grand Slams:
A fissure in the elbow makes him miss his debut at Roland Garros that year. It would have been his first ever participation in a Grand Slam.
Nadal broke his foot in Estoril and was two months out. He couldn’t play that year in Roland Garros nor Wimbledon.
An inflammation in his left foot deprived him of contesting the Australian Open. Nadal had just won his first Roland Garros and that year he would repeat victory in Paris.
His chronic tendinitis in the knees made him have to retire at Wimbledon. He had already competed with problems at Roland Garros, where he lost for the first time in his career.
The knee doesn’t respond in Australia and retires against Andy Murray.
Again his knee prevented him from playing a Grand Slam, this time the US Open. That year he was a finalist in Australia and took Roland Garros.
A stomach virus prevented him from participating in Australia. His level of that year, in which he won Roland Garros and the US Open, suggests that he could have achieved something important in Melbourne.
An injury to his right wrist leaves him again outside the US Open. That year he finished in Australia and won Roland Garros.
Again his wrist, although this time the left, makes him leave at Roland Garros when he was one of the candidates for the title. He doesn’t recover on time and resigns to Wimbledon.
He leaves Australia in the quarterfinals due to a muscular injury in his right leg and retires in the semifinals of the US Open due to knee problems.