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Rafael Nadal: ‘It meant playing for two hours knowing that…’ — “I don’t think Rafa’s victory has changed anything in his position.”

Of course, in Rafael Nadal’s team the best news they can receive is that Novak Djokovic decided not to get the COVID-19 vaccine and thus could not participate in the Grand Slams. As much as they do not make it public, it is clear that the title of the Spanish tennis player in the last Australian Open could have been modified in case the Serbian had been able to play the event.

Nadal’s coach, Carlos Moyá, spoke about the present of the world number one, who considers that his position against the vaccine remains the same after being absent from the first Grand Slam of the season. “I don’t think Rafa’s victory has changed anything in his position.

What is clear is that if he doesn’t get vaccinated he will be ruled out of the battle he has been fighting for so long. I think it will be very difficult for play Grand Slam tournaments if he doesn’t get vaccinated and his career would be in serious danger,” said the former world number one.

“I don’t think he is anti-vaccine, but rather that he has always defended the right to choose, but now he finds himself in a complicated situation,” added the Iberian. Although various reports suggest that “Nole” would be thinking of getting vaccinated these days, in the end no information has come out that the Serbian has already received the vaccine against the virus that has affected the whole world.

Nadal on the 2014 Australian Open final
Rafael Nadal recently opened up about his loss to Stan Wawrinka in the final of the 2014 Australian Open. The Spaniard revealed that he fought on the court for more than two hours with a back injury simply because he did not want to retire in the final of a Grand Slam.

“Really, I had two very unpleasant hours on the court because I did not want to retire in a final [of a Grand Slam],” the Spaniard said. “It meant playing for two hours knowing that I had no chance of winning.”

Nadal referred to the loss as “one of the worst feelings” he has had in his career, because of what he could have achieved had he won. “[The loss to Stan Wawrinka] was one of the worst feelings I’ve had in my career because of what the match meant and for the feeling at the end of the first set with my back injury,” he said. “I knew I could not continue, but it was a very important match for me.”

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