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By Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Sunday, June 26, 2022

What a difference three weeks make for Rafael Nadal. At Roland-Garros, when the Spaniard told reporters that he needed injections prior to every match in order to get through the tournament, most believed that Nadal might not be able to get healthy in time to play Wimbledon.

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Even if he did make it, he'd likely be in too much pain to thrive.

But the Spaniard has defied the odds, yet again.

After undergoing radiofrequency ablation treatment just days after Wimbledon to quell the nerve pain in his left foot, the Spaniard says he is extremely pleased with the result.

“First of all, I can walk normal most of the days, almost every single day,” Nadal told reporters on Saturday. “That's for me the main issue. When I wake up, I don't have this pain that I was having for the last year and a half, so quite happy about that.”

Nadal says he has been experiencing less pain on the court as well.

At 30-3 on the year, with two Grand Slam titles in tow, are we going to see the Spaniard go to an even higher level?

Based on this positive development with his foot, it doesn’t seem out of the question.

“Since the last two weeks, I didn't have not one day of these terrible days that I can't move at all. Of course, [some] days better; [some] days a little bit worse. The feeling and overall feelings are positive, because I am in a positive way in terms of pain, and that's the main thing.”

Nadal, who faces 42nd-ranked Francisco Cerundolo in the first round on Tuesday, went on to explain more about the treatment that was done on his foot.

“The treatment that I did didn't fix my injury, not improving my injury at all, but can take out a little bit the pain. That's the main goal,” he said. “Sometimes the things in the medical world, mathematics is not predictable 100 percent. But in theory that can help the foot because it is about the nerve. You touch the nerve, so then the nerve is asleep, in some way for a while, but then recovers.

“So how long the nerve is going to be that way, I can't tell you. It's something that we need to discover. But that's it.”

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