The chronic left foot injury has given Rafael Nadal such a hard time of late that the legendary tennis player said he would "prefer to lose" the French Open final if he gets a "new foot" in exchange.
Nadal, who reached his 14th Roland Garros final after an unfortunate ankle injury during the second set in the semi-final forced Alexander Zverev to withdraw, has been quite vocal about his injury ever since the beginning of this year.
"Without a doubt, I'd prefer to lose the final," said Nadal who turned 36 on Friday. "My opinion does not change. A new foot would allow me to be happier in my daily life."
Nadal, who will face Norway's Casper Ruud in the final on Sunday chasing his record-extending 22nd Grand Slam and 14th French Open title, said winning tournaments give temporary adrenaline but for him to have a healthy life ahead, he needs to recover from the foot injury quickly.
"Winning is very nice and gives you an adrenaline rush, but it's temporary and then you have to go on living."
"I have a life ahead of me and in the future I would love to play sports with my friends. My happiness goes ahead of any title," he insisted.
Meanwhile, Nadal said it was only "human" of him to feel sympathy for Zverev after the injury which forced him to retire from the semi-final.
Tearful German world number three Zverev had to leave the court in a wheelchair after his fall late in the second set which left him writhing and screaming in agony.
When he hobbled back on to Court Philippe Chatrier on crutches to concede the match, the two men shared a warm embrace.
"If you are human, you feel sorry for a colleague," said Nadal.
Zverev was trailing 7-6 (10/8), 6-6 after more than three hours of play at the time of the horror injury.