Nadal considered ending season early
French Open champion Rafael Nadal admits he almost brought his season to a premature end following an injury-ravaged start to the year.
The world number two claimed overall glory at Roland Garros for a record-extending 12th time after he beat Dominic Thiem in the final last weekend.
However, the 33-year-old has now revealed that he did not expect to feature in Paris at all after suffering an injury-ravaged start to the campaign where he only played in three ATP Tour events prior to the clay-court season.
Indeed, after being forced to withdraw from his semi-final clash with Roger Federer at the Indian Wells Masters, Nadal even considered calling time on his season altogether.
"Mentally, after Indian Wells, I suffered a major downturn," he told the ATP Tour website. "Ideas and scenarios were swirling inside my head. I considered shutting down my season to see if my body would recuperate instead of playing through injury after injury."
Nadal also showed signs of a lack of fitness at the start of the clay-court season, but his victory at the Italian Open, coupled with his triumph in Paris, has now seemingly turned his season around - although he confirmed it has not been easy.
"Another option was to press on and play through the pain," he added. "Either way, the outlook was bleak. It required a change of mindset this time, and that doesn't happen overnight."
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