Report: Nadal has foot problem likely to affect career
MADRID, Spain -- World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has a serious problem with his foot which is likely to affect the rest of his career, his uncle and coach Toni Nadal has said.
When asked how serious it was, he responded: "I prefer not to answer. It's very serious. I don't know [if it's career-threatening]. I'll let the doctor reply to that. He has to take a lot of precautions when he plays."
Much of Rafael Nadal's game is built on his athletic ability and pace around the court but Toni Nadal said he had worked to modify his game rather than reduce the number of matches he played.
"We are pleased with the season just finished, with the injury and everything. His play has improved and the matches have been less intense," he said.
"Roger Federer is a fully-rounded player; Rafael has a different style. The key factor has been to shorten the length of matches and we have achieved that.
"His problem is that he has to play to maintain his physical tone and fitness levels. There's no other way to do it than by competing."
The 21-year-old won six major tournaments in 2007 including his third French Open title at Roland Garros.