September 5, 2011 by staff
Rafael Nadal, Rafael Nadal collapsed on the floor of the interview room with major cramps an hour after passing through the fourth round of U.S. Open two-sets victory over David Nalbandian, which lasted two hours and 39 minutes in the scorching midday heat.
The world No. 2 had finished answering questions from Spanish journalists when he grabbed his right leg and slid slowly in his chair to stretch, grimacing in pain. He grabbed his leg, called for water as employees were gathered around and sat for several minutes on the floor, where he received treatment. His leg was massaged and given fluids and ice before being helped to his feet.
“Only I have cramps in the leg,” said Nadal, who sounds a little temper when authorities asked him to make a statement on his condition. “That’s all. No questions. I already finished my press conference in English. I talked half an hour. Only I have cramps in the front and back. Why it was so painful. That’s all.
“It’s just bad luck that it happened in public. It was very hot, I ran a lot and sweat a lot in these conditions.”
It was a worrying time, given that Spanish has not been able to prepare for this late summer hit, the way he would have liked since injuring his foot after Wimbledon.
During the first week of this tournament, Nadal had not looked like a title defense? Holder. And at times early and late in their third round match on Sunday against the talented but fragile Nalbandian, who did little to dispel the impression that he was struggling to find his game, the weight of injury and indifferent form was gnawing soul. When it mattered, however, broke Nadal in life as a champion Nalbandian who is blowing out of the tournament.
Won 7-6, 6-1, 7-5, for the most part, performed at a high level of intensity, certainly better than it did in three sets against the closure of the seeded Kazakh Andrey Golubev in the first round, and there was little to learn from his second? Retirement win over Nicolas Mahut assault.
“It’s a great player,” said the winner of the losers, a friend and at some point? Hitting partner. “I’m happy to see him back on the field after his injury. The key game was the first set, when I came back to 5-4 when serving for the set.”
This set took an hour and two minutes, the second shined in 27 minutes and the third became a routine more than an hour and 10 minutes as the temperature was raised literally and metaphorically.
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