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I am confident Rafael Nadal can recover in time for the Barcelona Open: David Ferrer

Spain's David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal
Spain's David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal
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In a recent interview with AS.com, David Ferrer spoke about the possibility of Rafael Nadal playing at the 2022 Barcelona Open.

David Ferrer, the new tournament director of the Barcelona Open, said he was confident Rafael Nadal could recover from his rib injury in time to defend his title at the ATP 500 event.

β€œI am calm, really. I think Rafa has time to recover before the gravel tour," said Ferrer.
David Ferrer with Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals
David Ferrer with Rafael Nadal at the ATP World Tour Finals

Nadal suffered from chest pain during his final clash against Taylor Fritz at Indian Wells. Later, his medical tests in Spain revealed that the Spaniard suffered a crack in his third rib. After a medical examination, the 35-year-old announced on Twitter that he would be out of action for at least 4-6 weeks.

Rafael Nadal ended with heavy chest pain after Indian Wells final match.#NadalThe same day that Colbrelli collapses with cardiac arrest at the Catalunya Tour.Are we gonna keep pretending this is normal? https://t.co/Ji90F65M6X
Al final resulta que tengo una fisura por estrΓ©s en una de las costillas y estarΓ© entre 4 y 6 semanas de baja. No son buenas noticias y no me esperaba esto. Estoy hundido y triste porque tras el inicio de temporada que he tenido tan buena.

This rules Nadal out of the Monte Carlo Masters, which begins on April 11 and also casts doubt over his participation at the Barcelona Open, which kicks off on April 18.

Not a good news for Rafael Nadal after a great start to 2022 πŸ™The 21-time Grand Slam champion may have to miss Monte-Carlo Masters.We wish Rafael Nadal a speedy recovery πŸ’ͺ#RafaelNadal #Tennis #Injury https://t.co/UFW42d5WNu

In the same interview, Ferrer also spoke about Carlos Alcaraz's prospects at the Barcelona Open. The former World No. 3 lauded Alcaraz for his performances at the Australian Open and Rio Open and stated that the Spaniard is one of the favorites to win in Barcelona.

What. A. Moment.πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ@alcarazcarlos03 is your 2022 Rio Open champ! https://t.co/gGCBBv7niE
β€œHe has options to win. Already in Australia, he was among the best, he won a 500... Winning a tournament in this category won't come to him again," added the former Spanish player.

Rafael Nadal has won the Barcelona Open title 12 times

Rafael Nadal with the 2021 Barcelona Open title
Rafael Nadal with the 2021 Barcelona Open title

Nadal has lifted the Barcelona Open title on a record 12 occasions in 16 appearances at the tournament. He has a 66-4 win-loss record at the ATP 500 event. He also enjoyed a 41-match winning streak at the tournament from 2005 to 2014, which was brought to a halt by Nicolas Almagro.

2005 πŸ† 2006 πŸ† 2007 πŸ† 2008 πŸ† 2009 πŸ† 2011 πŸ† 2012 πŸ† 2013 πŸ† 2016 πŸ† 2017 πŸ† 2018 πŸ†2021 πŸ†2022 ?Can Rafael Nadal defend his Barcelona open this time ?#BCNOpenBS #Tennis https://t.co/jse0Uob7Tw

Last year, the Spaniard defeated the likes of Kei Nishikori, Cameron Norrie, Pablo Carreno Busta, and Stefanos Tsitsipas en route to the title.

Although Nadal's chances of playing at the Barcelona Open look slim following his rib injury, his name is still there on the entry list.

Monte Carlo update:OUT: NadalIN: PaireNext: Griekspoor

However, given that Nadal just withdrew from Monte-Carlo, the Spaniard may opt out of Barcelona as well to give himself time to fully recover before the French Open. He could return at Madrid or the Rome Masters.


Edited by Keshav Gopalan
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