Rafael Nadal will return to the court this week in Cincinnati, in what will be his first tournament since withdrawing on the eve of the Wimbledon semifinal. In fact, a torn abs had forced him out of the match against Nick Kyrgios.
The Spanish champion has admitted that he is not yet fully rid of the injury, but is keen to get back in the game and prove himself ahead of the US Open. The second-seeded favorite will make his debut on Wednesday night against Borna Coric or Lorenzo Musetti.
The former world number 1 played a fabulous first part of the season, triumphing at the Australian Open and Roland Garros. Despite the persistent pain in his foot, the 36-year-old from Manacore reiterated that he is a living legend. The Iberian thus climbed to 22 Majors, extending above Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the historical classification.
The Serb has closed the gap by winning at Wimbledon, but he may need to skip the US Open as he is not vaccinated against the Coronavirus. Speaking to Tennis Channel, Andy Roddick reassured all those fans who are worried about Rafa’s physical condition.
Roddick opens up about Nadal
«Kudos to Rafael Nadal’s management for putting him on that Wednesday night schedule, giving him as much time as possible to prepare and do his practice reps. But listen, you know Rafa means business when he comes into a tournament with almost a week in advance.» get used to Cincinnati conditions,» Roddick said.
«I’m sure he’s playing practice matches every day. So Rafa isn’t at this point – he wouldn’t sacrifice being healthy at the US Open to play Cincy if he didn’t feel like he could play a healthy match on Wednesday night.» . «, she added.
That said, the American reiterated that Nadal would never hinder his participation in the US Open if he did not fully believe in his recovery from the abdominal tear. «So, I hope to see Rafa physically healthy. Now the game is a different story, I haven’t played since Wimbledon, but I don’t see him going out and playing a match in Cincinnati if he’s not completely healthy,» Roddick said.
«I don’t think I would have put the US Open at risk if that was the case.» Tennis is a sport of legendary rivalries that brings out the best in players while captivating fans around the world. There have been several iconic rivalries over the years, and one of the biggest in men’s tennis is that of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.