Last week Rafael Nadal really surprised everyone by announcing the forfeit from the Montreal Master 1000 in Canada. The Spaniard suffered from a small physical problem and in the end decided not to immediately fly to North America, taking a few more days off.
The Iberian did not take advantage of the opportunity to be at the start of the first of the three prestigious events on concrete, to become familiar with the surface, on which he did not play at all last year due to the serious foot injury, and of course groped the assault on the title.
"I had a little annoyance, which remained present. So we decided not to go to Montreal and to continue training without straining. I have no choice but to be prudent at this point and to think about health," is what was declared by the number 3 in the world on his Twitter account to communicate to everyone his desire to unsubscribe from the competition currently underway.
However, the native of Manacor was soon confirmed to keep the podium in the ATP ranking with the early defeat of his compatriot Carlos Alcaraz, in his debut against the American Tommy Paul in three sets.
Rafael Nadal will be in Cincinnati
Rafa gave important updates to all fans through a message posted on the evening of Wednesday 10 August on his social profiles: "Hello Mallorca!
I am very happy to be able to play Cincinnati again. I will fly there Thursday." The Spaniard will therefore be at the start of the American Master 1000 to prepare in the best possible way the 2022 edition of the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the season.
He will certainly be the second seed of the tournament in the main draw, behind only Russian number one Daniil Medvedev, who will lead the seeding. However, the absence of German Alexander Zverev is already certain, still struggling with the ankle injury caused at Roland Garros in the semifinals against Rafael Nadal.