Injury update: Rafa will return, but will it be in Monte Carlo?

In an interview with El Pais, Rafael Nadal’s long-time doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro said that they are adopting a very cautious approach to the latest setback in the hopes of being fit and ready for the clay-court season.

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When you are about to compete and in your first training session (and) this happens, obviously it influences you and it’s hard. It’s in a muscle and not in a tendon, which would have been much worse.

The negative thing is that pain is back in an already affected zone and this is not something unusual. Rafa was practicing in a normal way and everything was going well. We need to be optimistic, because we have always been so, but also realistic and now, seeing what happened, we have to be as cautious as possible.

Rafa will be back when he will be doing well.

Cotorro said everyone was hopeful that Rafa would be back in time to compete on his favourite surface.

We hope that he will be recovered for the clay-court season, that’s the goal.

Rafa should rest for two or three weeks, then have a progressive recovery, but it always depends on how everything works. You have to monitor this injury closely, so we will go week-by-week, without rushing.

Source: sport24


Rafa pulls out of Indian Wells and Miami

Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Indian Wells and Miami Open tournaments after aggravating the leg injury that forced him out of the Australian Open in January.


“Unfortunately, the injury I suffered in Acapulco before starting the tournament is in the same area as the one suffered in Melbourne,” Rafa said on his Facebook page.“I won’t be able to play in Miami or Indian Wells as I need to recover.

“It was very painful to retire from Acapulco and it’s very hard as well to not play in the USA. I will miss you and I will do everything that’s possible to be back there in 2019.”

Get well soon, Rafa!

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal explains decision to pull out of Acapulco

Rafael Nadal is forced to withdraw from the Mexican Open due to a hip injury.

Rafael Nadal withdraws from Acapulco

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Mexican Open ahead of his scheduled match with Feliciano Lopez today.

Photo: Mexican Open

Rafa said he followed doctor’s instructions and everything was going according to plan with his recovery from the left leg muscle injury that forced him to retire in the Australian Open quarterfinals last month.

My goal and hope was to play in this tournament. Unfortunately, in my last training session on Monday, I felt a sharp pain in my leg again.

I took all the appropriate steps to arrive at the tournament in form. I went to Cozumel first, to adapt (to the climate). But yesterday, in my last training session before the tournament, during one movement I felt a sharp pain again in the same area where I had the problem in Australia.

I still don’t know what it is, because we don’t know. It seems it’s not as bad as what I had at the Australian Open. Now, my main goal is to find out the extent of the injury.

Maybe it is a minor situation, but the reality is that there is liquid and until it goes down a bit and the relevant tests are done, it will not be possible to diagnose. (via AFP)

He is still not sure will he be able to play in Indian Wells and Miami. He said that now is not the moment to take some drastic moves and no matter will he be able to play in Indian Wells or not he will stay calm because his next goal then will be getting healthy for the clay season.

Get well soon, Rafa!

VIDEO: Rafael Nadal in the new Movistar commercial

Mexican Open R1: When does Rafael Nadal play against Feliciano Lopez in Acapulco?

A two-time champion in Acapulco when the tournament was contested on clay, Rafael Nadal will start his quest for a third Abierto Mexicano Telcel crown (and first on hardcourt) on Tuesday against compatriot Feliciano Lopez.

Rafa only played this year at the Australian Open, where he retired injured from his quarter final against Marin Cilic.

I took a couple of weeks of rest and worked hard on rehabilitation. Last week I started practising hard again. I feel ready.

Date: February 27, 2018

Match time: Not before 8 PM local time / 9 PM EST –  New York, Montreal / Wednesday 2 AM GMT – United Kingdom / Wednesday  3 AM  CET – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Wednesday 1 PM AEDT – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

Rafa leads the series against Feliciano Lopez 9-4. Feli’s four victories have been on quicker courts and he has won their last two meetings.

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Mexican Open Draw 2018: Rafael Nadal Going For Third Acapulco Title

The draw for the Mexican Open has been released and Rafael Nadal will face fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the opening round.

The world No. 2 should get through that, and set up a second round meeting with either Thanasi Kokkinakis or qualifier.

Rafa could face last year’s champion Sam Querrey in the quarterfinals.

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • 1st round: Feliciano Lopez
  • 2nd round: Thanasi Kokkinakis
  • Quarter-final: Sam Querrey
  • Semi-final: Jack Sock or Kevin Anderson
  • Final: Alexander Zverev

Projected quarterfinals:

  • Rafael Nadal vs Sam Querrey
  • Jack Sock vs Kevin Anderson
  • Juan Martin del Potro vs Dominic Thiem
  • John Isner vs Alexander Zverev

The 500-level tournament is played on outdoor hard courts.

Rafa is 14-1 in Acapulco, winning the title twice: first, when it was held on clay in 2005 and then again in 2013. Last year, our champ didn’t drop a set en route to the final, but he was edged by Querrey in the final, 6-3 7-6 (3).

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