Rafael Nadal, while offering advice to tennis players who are injured, said- “Accept and keep going”. The 31-year-old continued his rich stratum of form as he overpowered Richard Gasquet of France in straight sets to prance into the third round of the 2017 Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati. Nadal is now geared up to dethrone British tennis star Andy Murray on top of the ATP rankings after the British pulled out of the Cincinnati Masters with hip injury.
Nadal said- "I worked a lot to give me another chance and here I am. Just to be back to that position makes me happy and of course is going to be an emotional moment for me," The Spaniard, who missed seven months of action between 2012 and 2013 due to a left knee injury and then a stomach virus, said he completely understands how it feels to remain sidelined.
"I have been in that position more than all these players that are out now. I know how tough it is. I'm very sorry for all of them and I wish all of them a fast and good recovery," Nadal said.
"But at the same time I tell you Roger didn't have a lot of these things during his career. Novak the same. Andy the same. Stan, I don't think he had a lot of issues," Nadal insisted.
The fifteen time Grand Slams champion said that he was the only one in the top ranked players who has missed the tournament. He added, "I'm the only one of these top players that missed a lot of important tournaments in my career. More than nobody else, I know how tough it is. But the only thing that you can do when these kinds of things happen is accept and keep going.”
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