Rafael Nadal has said he wants to “lose the final on Sunday” in exchange for a new left foot after playing in his 14th French Open Championship on Friday. Nadal came to the final after Alexander Sverev was forced to retire from the last four fights due to an ankle injury. Nadal, a 13-time champion, will be chasing his 22nd Grand Slam title on Sunday, but has insisted that any match will be the last match of his glorious career if he has a long left leg injury across the Roland Cross.
Nadal, who turned 36 on Friday, said: “Without a doubt, I want to lose the final.
“My opinion will not change and a new leg will allow me to be happy in my daily life.
“Success is so wonderful and gives you the urgency of adrenaline, but it’s temporary, and then you have to live with it.”
“I have a life ahead of me and I want to play with my friends in the future. My happiness will advance beyond any degree,” he stressed.
Nadal will face Caspar Root in the final on Sunday.
Nadal, meanwhile, said it was “man” to sympathize with Sverev after the injury, forcing him to retire from the semifinals.
Sverrev, Germany’s world number three, was forced to leave the court in a wheelchair after falling late in the second set.
When he returned to Philip Chatterjee on crutches to accept the match, the two shared a warm embrace.
“If you were human, you would feel sorry for a co-worker,” Nadal said.
Sverev was trailing 7-6 (10/8), 6-6 for more than three hours during the horror injury.
“It’s not easy to talk about. I hope he’s not been badly injured. I hope it’s not broken,” Nadal said. “I was with him when he had the ultrasound.”
The match took place under the roof of Court Philippe Chatterjee and was watched by 15,000 spectators.
However, Nadal said the court was not in a bad position.
“It’s an accident, it’s an unfortunate moment.”
Nadal praised Sverre’s performance when he tried to become the first German to advance to the final after Michael Stitch in 1996.
“It was a tough match. He played brilliantly and I know how important it is for him to win a Grand Slam.
“Circumstances were not ideal for me. I had to do a lot to survive. The first set was a miracle but I struggled.”
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