French Open 2022: Rafael Nadal perseveres yet again in a year that's been anything but ordinary
Rafael Nadal is used to overcoming adversity. His entire year has been anchored around it -- whether it's his chronic foot injury, a rib fracture or his own Uncle Toni attempting to mastermind his downfall.
But Nadal has remained in control of his 2022 script, despite his five-set win over Felix Auger-Aliassime on Sunday that stretched him to his maximum.
"I'm very thankful to play another year here," Nadal said after his 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory. "Every match that I play here, I don't want it to be my last match at Roland Garros. I'm thankful to keep living the dream.'"
"I am a player living with an injury," said Nadal. "That's it. "Unfortunately my day-by-day is difficult, honestly. Of course, it's difficult for me to accept the situation sometimes, no?"
On Sunday on Philippe-Chatrier, he walked out to an incredible reception from the crowd. Up on the screen was his frankly astonishing Roland Garros record: Won 108. Lost 3.
Djokovic acknowledged Nadal will be a "tough task" after beating Diego Schwartzman 6-1, 6-3, 6-3. "Ready"
Nadal will be relieved to get through this, and he'll know in 24 hours how his foot is doing. The quarterfinals feature Djokovic. Evening matches are colder and slower, something Nadal dislikes.