Rafael Nadal Suffering from Chest Pain, Loses to No. 20 Seed
The world’s No. 3 tennis player was defeated 6-3 7-6 by American No. 20 seed Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final in California on Sunday.
It was Rafael Nadal’s first defeat in 2022, following a sequence of 20 consecutive victories that included the record-breaking Australian Open title.
The Spaniard fell 4-0 down in the first set and went off court for treatment as he continued to struggle and made 26 unforced errors.
— Mickael Ⓩ 🧠🧠🧠🧠 (@mickael_r02) March 21, 2022
“Oh, I had pain, honestly. I had a problem to breathe. I don’t know if it’s something on the rib, I don’t know yet.
Nadal threw Novak Djokovic under the bus for not listening to his doctors. Nadal did listen to his doctors and now mRNA instructions to construct spike protein in all the wrong places has caught up with him. pic.twitter.com/qDFmlw7z9N
— Francesco (@Frances40996115) March 21, 2022
“When I’m breathing, when I’m moving it was like a needle all the time inside here.
“I got dizzy a little bit because it was painful. It was a kind of pain that limited me a lot.”
Merci Pfizer 💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉💉https://t.co/661zGTtfk4
— Ze Sergent Garcia (@Sergent28095310) March 21, 2022
“I am more than sad for the loss. It is something that I accepted immediately, and even before the match ended.
“When I try to breathe, it’s painful and very uncomfortable.”
In January, tennis player Rafael Nadal was asked about Novak Djokovic' refusal to get the covid vaccine. Nadal said: "I believe in what the people who know about medicine say, and if they say we need to get vaccinated, then we need to get vaccinated. We need to get the vaccine." https://t.co/nTF2OtXKeO pic.twitter.com/GHxSqX0Fbk
— Raul Vasquez (@akaRaulVasquez) March 21, 2022
“Honestly, I wanted to make it perfect before clay. It would have been very, very, very beautiful. Today is a difficult day for me.
“Of course, the last two months have been amazing, unforgettable, very emotional. I enjoy things that I never thought I could live again a few months ago.
“Honestly I am sad because of the way I wasn’t able to compete. Today is a difficult day for me.”
California Kid Taylor Fritz ends Rafael Nadal's 20 matches winning streak, beating the 21 times GrandSlam champ 6-3, 7-6(5) to win his first career ATP Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells.
First US player to win a M1000 since Miami2018.
First to win the ATP draw in IW since 2001 pic.twitter.com/OjfokPxR5X
— José Morgado (@josemorgado) March 21, 2022
Taylor Fritz defeats Rafael Nadal in the Indian Wells Final, snapping Nadal's 20-match win streak, which was the 3rd-longest to start a season since 1990 when the ATP Tour was formed.
Fritz is the 1st American man to win a title at Indian Wells since Andre Agassi in 2001 pic.twitter.com/4Isre582Sr
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 21, 2022
Best start to season since 1990
Djokovic 41-0 (2011)
Djokovic 26-0 (2020)
Nadal 20-0 (2022)
Novak Djokovic will forever remain at the top.
— Yeshwant Chitte (@YeshwantChitte) March 21, 2022
Well, well …
“When I try to breathe, it’s painful, and it’s very uncomfortable. It’s like a needle all the time inside. I get dizzy a little bit because it’s painful. It’s a kind of pain that limit me a lot” said Nadal
I wonder what Djokovic would sayhttps://t.co/GQshqb7CxM
— Craig Kelly (@CraigKellyMP) March 21, 2022
Rafael Nadal is 35 years old and ranked third in the world among tennis players behind Novak Djokovic and Daniil Medvedev. Djokovik famously has refused to be injected with synthetic mRNA, and Medvedev is currently being threatened with disqualification from competition for not condemning Vladimir Putin.
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