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Ailing Nadal exits Rome Masters, French Open in doubt

Rafael Nadal only made it as far as the last 16 at the Italian Open in Rome. He lost to Denis Shapovalov 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 after appearing to struggle with pain in his foot. Despite dominating the first set, Nadal started to limp in the later stages of the match, making it evident that he was in pain. The latest setback has now cast a doubt over his participation in the upcoming French Open.

Roland Garros is buzzing with excitement at the possible return of crown favourite Nadal, but it appears as though a long-standing foot injury has returned just days before the French Open is set to start on May 22. “It started to hurt me again in the middle of the second set, and it became unbearable,” he said, as quoted by BBC Sport.

Last year, Nadal missed most of the professional tour due to the Mueller-Weiss Syndrome, a degenerative foot condition that he had been dealing with for many years. However, as the 35-year-old gets older, the condition appears to be affecting him a lot more.