Rafael Nadal: ‘I was never afraid to stop’

In the sky of Paris, an alien. Able to achieve the impossible: win while severely handicapped, with his left foot crippled by pain. But it is not about giving up “his” tournament from him. The one he won for the first time in 2005, with 19, and of which he is the undisputed master. This time against Novak Djokovic and then Alexander Zverev, Rafael Nadal he shook without bowing. Then, in the final, the Spaniard quickly edged out young Norwegian Casper Ruud. To this day, the champion does not know if he will be able to continue playing. A doubt that gives a special flavor to this 22nd Grand Slam title.

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“…I’ve never been afraid to stop. I have never been afraid to retire. I even think I’ve been preparing for it for a long time, because I’ve already spent long months without being able to play. […] For now, I hope I can continue. Because I still have the fire…”

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In pictures: Rafael Nadal celebrates his title with his wife and sister

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What’s next after this announcement?

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In Paris, on June 6, the day after his victory.

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