Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Masters as he adjusts his schedule to retain fitness ahead of the last Grand Slam of the season – the U.S. Open in New York.
Speaking after the match, Rafa was asked by Brad Gilbert what his plans were for next week. Our champ replied: “I don’t know. I have to come back and speak to my team and let’s see.”
Later, it was reported that Rafa pulled out of the Western & Southern Open on Sunday, citing fatigue after winning his record-extending 35th Masters 1000 title earlier in Montreal.
Rafa’s decision to opt-out of Cincinnati promises to yield a stronger campaign at the U.S. Open later in August, and he’ll be hoping that his only warm-up event at the Rogers Cup will be sufficient preparation for New York.
Rest up, Rafa! See you soon in New York City!