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“It depends on the day. There are days when it’s counterproductive therapy, because I have to put up with Marc (López), who has no fucking idea. But hey, we laughed”it starts Rafael Nadaljoking with the Spanish media when asked if the parchisthe classic board game with which he and the other members of his team entertain themselves during tournaments, also at Roland Garros, has a therapeutic effect on him.

“It has a good thing that is that you spend an hour and a half, two hours without realizing it. And reality is also a way to let go of the little machines. So you are not all the time with the mobile. For me it is something positive. At some point you are with the team playing without being aware of the mobile before the games or when you are in an airport”, explains the Balearic.

“It is a mere distraction and a competition that we have between us, so we laugh. We have an annual ranking.”, reveals Rafa, who believes that he is no longer number one. “Now I don’t know exactly. I was going there, but I don’t know if my father has passed me without playing (he laughs). The last few days have been critical, but hey, we laugh, we get distracted. It’s a way to pass the hours,” says the Manacorí.

Celebration and return

After enjoying a discreet celebration on Sunday night (he had to get up at eight in the morning to be in the formal photo call with the trophy at 9:00, on the Alexander III Bridge), He traveled to Barcelona on Monday to begin the treatment with which he will try to block the pain he suffers in his left foot as soon as possible to have a chance to compete at Wimbledon.