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Saturday, 8 September 2018

US Open: Rafael Nadal Opens Up On Retirement, Drops Future Hint

Rafael Nadal has opened up on his retirement at the US Open and dropped a huge hint concerning his future.

Nadal pulled out of the semi-final clash against Juan Martin del Potro at two sets down after the tournament trainer had inspected the joint.

The Spaniard had suffered a knee problem in the third round against Karen Khachanov and they appeared to rear their head again in the opening set against Del Potro.

The trainer applied strapping to the knee at 4-3 with Del Potro eventually winning the first set on a tie-break.

The Argentine waltzed to the second set 6-2 against a clearly struggling Nadal.

And, after another chat with the trainer, the 17-time Grand Slam champion reluctantly shook hands.

Nadal has admitted that it was a tough decision to make but knew he couldn’t continue.

"I had some issues in the tournament,” Nadal said.

“Everyone knows I had an issue in the second or third match.

"It was a little bit better but then yeah. It was in the first set when I felt something on the knee and after that I was just trying to save in some moments to try and improve.

"It was not today. I waited as much as I could and as you can imagine it was very difficult for me to say goodbye before the match finished.

"It was difficult for me to keep playing at the same time. I was in too much pain and it was not a tennis match in the end. It was one player playing and one on the other side of the court.

"I hate retiring but to stay one more set out there playing like that is too much forme."

Nadal is 32 and his career has been disturbed by injuries for the past couple of years though has played every Grand Slam since missing Wimbledon in 2016.

"I am having two great years so I just have to enjoy the moments,” Nadal added.

“This year has been fantastic until this moment.

"It is close to fighting for titles so that is frustrating. It is tough for me. It is not about losing, it is about not having the chance to fight for it.

"I have fought all my career against these kinds of things too. I have missed a lot of opportunities. It is tough, these moments. But at the same time I have to keep going and working hard to get more opportunities.

"I am playing the right way and enjoying things. I am having success at the age of 32. A lot of people in this room, including me, didn't think I would be at this level at this age.

“I still have a passion for the game so I will keep fighting and working hard.

"I will not complain. It is like this. I will keep going. That is all."

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