Although he has done everything to prepare, the five-time champion Rafael Nadal will not play in Montreal next week. Rafa will skip one of his favorite tournaments for the second consecutive year after winning back-to-back titles in 2018 and 2019.
Thus, Nadal missed the opportunity to follow Ivan Lendl’s record of six Canadian Open trophies. Rafa injured his abdominal muscle at Wimbledon, and it got worse after that epic quarter-final win over Taylor Fritz after four hours and 21 minutes.
The Spaniards won 3-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 and 7-6, but the effort was costly. The next day, Rafa checked the injury and found it to be a seven millimeter tear. Nadal decided to skip the semi-final clash with Nick Kyrgios and miss out on the chance to challenge for the third Wimbledon title.
After hanging out with friends and family for a few days, Nadal was back on the training ground, making sure to keep everything under control and taking care of his injury. After passing the basic tests, Rafa started practicing his serve again, and it didn’t go well.
A few days ago, the 22-time Major winner again felt a slight discomfort in his abdomen and decided not to go to Montreal and not risk anything. Nadal said he regrets missing out on Montreal and hopes to return to play in Canada in the years to come.
The Spaniard has played in eight tournaments in 2022 and leads the ATP race ahead of compatriot Carlos Alcaraz. Rafa conquered the Australian Open and Roland Garros to improve his tally and reach 22 major crowns. Additionally, he won the ATP 500 crown in Acapulco before reaching the Indian Wells final.
Nadal will miss the Canadian Open
During a very nice interview given to Tennis Magazin centered on the serve and the volley, a technique of which Mischa Zverev was a worthy representative when he was still on the courts, Alexandre’s brother took the opportunity to talk about Rafael Nadal who never hesitates to use this weapon. at crucial points.
“The players, especially Medvedev, are preparing for long exchanges. This is the tactic of building the point from behind. Rafa constantly analyzes the game and he knows when it makes sense to create moments of surprise. He often does something new or unexpected when he’s lagging behind, such as when there’s a breaking point against him.
After a very long play, advantage – deuce – advantage – deuce, he suddenly throws a serve and a volley. He does it when you least expect it, in a stressful situation. If Rafa played serve and volley all the time, it wouldn’t work.”