Andy Roddick reassured all those fans who are concerned about the physical condition of Rafael Nadal for Cincinnati and the US Open. The US former player said: "It is no coincidence that the organizers have scheduled Rafael Nadal’s debut on Wednesday night.
They want to give him as much time as possible to prepare. Rafa knows his body very well and arrived in Cincinnati several days early to get used to the conditions. He will use this tournament as a testing ground and will train intensely every day.
Knowing Nadal, he would never put the US Open at risk by playing Cincinnati if he wasn't sure his physique is fine. I expect to see a healthy Rafa. If he had been doubtful, he would have skipped this tournament. " Andy also spoke of Serena Williams' imminent retirement: "Although it wasn't a bolt from the blue, I'm still in shock.
I had the opportunity to meet Serena when she was still very young, I saw her grow up and become a legend of this sport. I wish you the best. "
Nadal in Cincinnati and New York
Rafael Nadal will be back on the pitch this week in Cincinnati, in what will be his first tournament since retiring on the eve of the Wimbledon semi-final.
A tear in the abdominals had in fact forced him to give up the match against Nick Kyrgios. The Spanish champion has admitted that he has not yet completely disposed of the injury, but he is looking forward to getting back in the game and testing 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 persistent foot pain, the 36-year-old from Manacor reiterated that he is a living legend. The Iberian thus hoisted himself to 22 Majors, extending over Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time standings. The Serbian has shortened the gap by winning at Wimbledon, but he may have to skip the US Open as he is not vaccinated against the Coronavirus.