Five-time Canada Masters winner Rafael Nadal will not compete in the upcoming Masters 1000 event. A two-time defending champion is back on the practice ground after suffering injury at Wimbledon. Still, feeling slightly uncomfortable again, he decided to skip Montreal and risk nothing.
Nadal has been a player to beat this year, winning 35 games out of 38 and leading the ATP race ahead of Carlos Alcaraz. Rafa clinched the first two Major titles of the season for the first time in his career, trailing Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Nadal celebrated the 22nd Major crown at Roland Garros, toppling Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals and defeating Casper Ruud in the title fight. After a well-deserved break, the Spaniard traveled to Wimbledon and reached the All England Club’s third consecutive semi-final.
It came after an epic win over Taylor Fritz in the quarterfinals, and Nadal was forced to withdraw ahead of the semifinals clash with Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal injury. After a few days off, Rafa returned to the practice pitch at home in Mallorca and worked on his baseline game.
He looked good on the practice court but the main problem was his serve after that injury. Nadal started practicing it a few days ago and his body didn’t react well.
Rafael Nadal retired from Montreal.
He will take more time off the pitch and work on his game ahead of Cincinnati and the US Open.
Nadal is a five-time Canada Open champion, topping the charts since 1990 and winning back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019. Rafa has played eight tournaments in 2022, picking up a rib injury at Indian Wells and has stayed off the pitch until then.
After not playing at his best in Madrid and Rome, Rafa raised his level and captured his 14th Roland Garros crown. Nadal had to leave Wimbledon without putting up a decent fight with Nick Kyrgios. He will make sure he has 100% recovery before competing again.
“Everything went well from the vacation days to the subsequent return to training. I started the service training four days ago and yesterday after the training I felt a little unwell, which is still there today.
We decided not to travel to Montreal and continue the training sessions without forcing anything. I sincerely thank Tournament Director Eugene and his entire team for the understanding and support they have always shown me. Today was no exception,” said Rafael Nadal.