The season did not start well for Rafael Nadal, and it will continue for some time in that style. The Spaniard could not play in the ATP Cup due to back pain, then he was eliminated in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open by Stefanos Tsitsipas, although he led 2-0 in sets, and now he has given up on the tournament in Rotterdam.
There were many who claimed that Nadal's tournament in the Netherlands was a ticket to overtake Novak Djokovic in the first place, that everything in Australia went according to his plans, and now everything has failed, there was not much reason to go to Rotterdam.
And in a way, quite unexpectedly, Rafa said that he would not travel to the Netherlands after all. "It is with great sadness that I have to forfeit from Rotterdam. As most of the fans know, I suffered some back problems in Australia that started in Adelaide and continued during Melbourne.
We found a temporary solution that allowed me to play without pain in the second week of the tournament." "Once I got back to Spain I visited my doctor and together with my team they’ve advised not to play this upcoming week.
I was really looking forward to coming back to Rotterdam and The Netherlands since it’s been a while I played there." "This was the perfect year for my calendar. I hope to come back and play there soon. All the best to the tournament, always a top class event."
What is interesting now is that Danilo Medvedev has a chance to overtake Nadal on the second place of the ATP list. The Russian tennis player has only 115 points less than the Spaniard, and the tournament in Rotterdam brings 500 points to the winner.
Medvedev also played there last year but was eliminated in the first round, so now he needs to reach the semifinals to become the second tennis player in the world. Given the form in which Medvedev plays, it is realistic for that to happen.
The Russian showed at the Australian Open how good a tennis player he is and how much he can achieve. He has a bright future ahead of him and it is only necessary that there are no problems with injuries and no one doubts that he could be first on the list as the best tennis player in the world in a few years.