Rafael Nadal revealed that he needed anesthesia on his left foot.© AFP
Rafael Nadal said on Saturday that for the first time in 18 months, he had overcome a paralyzed leg pain that threatened to push him to the brink of retirement. Nadal captured his 22nd major by opening his 14th French Open and record earlier this month to reach the men’s first Grand Slam halfway through 1969. Anesthesia was used to keep the competition going. He then underwent “pulsed radio frequency stimulation”, which was intended to reduce nerve pain.
The 36-year-old Spaniard said at Wimbledon on Saturday: “I can walk as usual most days, almost every day. This is a big problem for me.
“When I wake up, I don’t feel the pain I’ve been having for the last year and a half. I’m very happy with that.
“And the other thing, practice. For the last two weeks, I haven’t had one of those horrible days that I couldn’t move at all. Feelings and overall feelings are positive.”
Nadal is a two-time Wimbledon champion but his last title at the All England Club came 12 years ago.
This year, they have two seeds, which at least gives them the advantage of avoiding old rivals and top seed Novak Djokovic until the final.
Spinard has not played in a grass court warm-up event, but prefers to focus on reducing his leg pain and then practicing on the surface in Mallorca.
“In 2003 (his first year) I never thought I would have a chance to win Wimbledon,” he said.
“It’s a different story today. I had some success here.”
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