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Rafael Nadal admits 'any match could be his last' as he battles foot injury

Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros press conference

Rafael Nadal has admitted that 'any match could be his last' as he faces up to the realities of his foot injury.

Nadal struggled with the injury for much of last year before eventually shelving his season in August to seek a solution.

He appeared to have done just that when he started 2022 in blistering form, winning the Melbourne Summer Set, Australian Open and Acapulco.

However, the injury appeared to be bothering him again at the Rome Masters earlier this month and he has admitted it is a question of managing pain now rather than removing it.

Nadal has still got himself into the last eight of the French Open, although it required a five-set effort against Felix Auger-Aliassime in the round of 16.

Novak Djokovic now awaits in the quarter-finals, and Rafael Nadal has admitted he has to be realistic about how much tennis he now has left in him.

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"I am in the quarterfinals of Roland-Garros," Rafael Nadal says. "I am just enjoying the fact I am here for one more year.

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"Being honest, every match that I play here I do not know if it will be the last match here in Roland-Garros in my tennis career. That is my situation now.

"I went through a tough process again with my foot. I do not know what will happen in the near future with my career, so I am just trying to enjoy and fight as much as I can to keep living the dream.

"I hope to give myself a chance to play at the highest level possible and then let’s see."

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