Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Laver Cup

Rafael Nadal withdraws from the Laver Cup

The Europe team will have to fight for the fifth consecutive Laver Cup title without the winner of 22 Majors, Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard has decided to retire after his only match on Friday night, not serving at his best and needing more time off the pitch to heal from injury.

Rafa has played just five singles matches after withdrawing before the Wimbledon semi-final, struggling with the opening shot and leaving the US Open early. Nadal suffered an abdominal injury at the All England Club, dropped serve on the practice court and still reached the semi-final after an epic victory over Taylor Fritz.

The Spaniard revealed a seven-millimeter tear in his muscle and retired before Nick Kyrgios’ clash. Rafa skipped Montreal and suffered an early loss in Cincinnati due to the dark clouds over his chances at the US Open. Nadal had the opportunity to become number one in the world.

1 after the US Open, but lost in the fourth round to Frances Tiafoe in four sets.

Rafael Nadal will not play the Laver Cup on Saturday and Sunday.

Roger Federer wanted to play alongside Rafa in the last match of his career at the Laver Cup in London, and the Spaniard was there to support him once again.

Federer and Nadal played the final match of an opening day and faced Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe. Unlike in Prague 2017, two legends squandered a match point in a 4-6, 6-2, 11-9 loss in two hours and 13 minutes. Rafa struggled in his games more than the other three players, experiencing a break point at 4-4 in the first match.

Federer saved it, and he and Rafa broke Frances in the next one to secure the first set 6-4 in 42 minutes. The Spaniard lost serve 1-1 in the second set, and they got it back after Frances double faulted in the sixth game. Rafa struggled again at 5-5, facing no fewer than six break points.

He and Roger saved them and finished with a service winner for a big boost. Jack held after two in game 12 to introduce a tie break, and he and Frances claimed it 7-2 to improve their chances. Nadal took charge early in the match tiebreaker before the red team rattled off four points in a row.

Federer sent Team Europe 65 up with an ace, and they stayed neck-and-neck for the next few points. The Legends battled it out until 8-8 and earned a match point after taking the next one. The Swiss was unable to take advantage of his serve and Frances fired a 10-9 return winner and her first match point.

Sock landed a forehand down the line winner from Nadal to send his team over the top and send Roger into a well-deserved retirement.

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