Yep, you read the title right. Nadal’s heavily strapped knee is the result of a chair related injury. The Spaniard says yesterday he was sitting down and when he went to get up he heard a crack in the knee and experienced such severe pain and restriction in movement he had an MRI to see if he would be able to play.
Not only is this injury more random than Murray’s bum injury while sleeping it also must have been pretty severe pain for Rafa to describe it the way he did given the way the world number two handles pain. Just think of how he quietly slipped under the table when he was cramping at the US Open. Other players would have yelped, maybe cried but not Rafa.
How much of a problem this knee situation is, on top of his intermittent shoulder problems, remains to be seen. He did appear to be in fine form today taking just an hour and 46 minutes to beat American Alex Kuznetsov 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.
Nadal will now face returning German/American Tommy Haas in the second round.
Needless to say the knee problems do not sound positive
“I had a fantastic week of practice with nothing of pain, no one bad feeling on the knee and no one place on my body. So I was really, really happy with everything.
But yesterday afternoon happened the more strange thing ever happen to me. I was sitting on a chair in the hotel. I felt like a crack on the knee, but is nothing really strange. Happens lot of time with articulation, movement, articulation. Nothing strange.
I stand up. I felt the knee a little bit strange. I moved the leg like this two times to try to find the feeling. After the second time, the knee stays with an unbelievable pain completely straight. I really couldn’t move the knee like this (indicating just a little bit). I have no movement on the knee.
I have a hard afternoon. I did all the tests. Came here for ultrasound. Went to hospital for MRI. I just can say thank you very much to the tournament for all the facilities give to me on a Sunday. Not easy to find places, and they make fantastic work for me. So I just can say thanks to them.
And, seriously, yesterday during the evening I wasn’t hundred percent sure I would have chance to play, because with the movement of that knee I felt that I will not be able to play.
I did a lot of treatment. The MRI was positive. Nothing wrong shows the MRI. So that’s always a lot of calm. But still the knee, you know, with the pain.
Finally what happened is with the movement, articulation, probably pinch maybe the tendon little bit or something that put the tendon completely straight.
That’s why yesterday we did a lot of work during the evening. At the end of the night with a lot of pain, but I finally really had the full movement of the knee. I wake up today morning with a little bit better feeling. I did all the treatment. I was all the day doing the treatment.
I started the match with a little bit of scare at the beginning, and nervous
The best thing is I felt the knee very well. So is something that I really don’t
understand why happened everything, but I am really happy that today I was ready to play and I played a fantastic match.”