“I’m a player living with an injury – it’s nothing new. It’s something there,” Nadal told reporters after the game.
“Unfortunately, my day-to-day life is hard, honestly. Even in this way I try my best…it can be frustrating that I can’t exercise properly for many days.”
In early May, after his dramatic 16th-century win against David Goffin at the Madrid Open, Nadal told the media that he had a “chronic injury that is untreatable”.
He went on to say: “When I play, sometimes my foot hurts. If you see me every day, you wouldn’t worry. I always have pain in my foot, especially after playing a three-hour game or so. a long workout, in the end I walk a little badly.
“But I have a chronic injury for which there is no treatment. That’s part of my life, and that’s the downside of not being able to finish the game earlier. In the short term I think I’m fine, physically but also speaking about my feet, it has to adapt to the competition.”
Training through ‘pain’
The 35-year-old made a remarkable comeback from last year’s long-term injury to win the Australian Open in January, but he says his foot problem was “difficult”.
He confirmed that he would take his doctor to the French Open to manage the injury as best he could.
“The first thing I have to do is not to be in pain to practice,” added Nadal, who has only just returned from a rib injury he sustained at Indian Wells in March.
“It is true that during the French Open, Roland Garros, I have my doctor with me. That sometimes helps, because you can do things.
“In the positive days and in the negative days you have to stay and appreciate all the things that happened to me in a positive way.”
Roland Garros takes place between May 22 and June 5.