Since the start of the season, Rafael Nadal has been dealing with injuries, hurting his back in Adelaide in January and not competing in the ATP Cup. Starting the season at the Australian Open, Rafa beat four opponents in straight sets before blowing a two-set lead against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarters for a massive hit. After nearly two months, Nadal was back in action in Monte Carlo and suffered a quarter-final loss to Andrey Rublev, who beat him in sets one and three. Rafa claimed the first title of the season in Barcelona after fending off a match point against Tsitsipas in that epic final before experiencing the quarterfinal loss at home in Madrid to Alexander Zverev. Nadal’s 36th Masters 1000 crown came in Rome following a title win over Novak Djokovic, and those rivals met in the Roland Garros semi-final a few weeks later. This time, Djokovic had the upper hand and dropped Nadal after four hours and 11 minutes, with Rafa clearly struggling with his movement in the fourth set. After that, the Spaniard tested his foot with two games in Washington, still feeling the pain and pulling out of Toronto and Cincinnati. Unsurprisingly, Nadal announced his withdrawal from the US Open on Friday, staying away from New York and the rest of the season to heal the injury and start over in 2022. Rafa will be coming out of the top 5 soon, and we should if he could keep the year-end top 10 spot as always since 2005, depending on the results of his rivals.
Nadal seemingly aggravated his foot problem
Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the US Open and apparently the entire 2021 season as well. A horrifying foot injury forced the Spaniard to stay off of the court for a major chunk of the year. Alex Corretja is however concerned for his fellow Spanish colleague. Alex Corretja spoke of his form and resting period ahead of his absence for the remainder of the season. “What is concerning me a little bit is that he pulled out of Wimbledon, the Olympics and now the US Open. That means that maybe the injury is more serious than we expected, and I’m a little bit concerned for the future as well,” said Corretja on Eurosport as reported by Dan Quarrell. “Since he pulled out of Toronto and Cincinnati we were wondering if he was going to be okay for the US Open. But if he is not 100 per cent and able to play and healthy, it’s normal that he takes a little while to recover,” said Corretja.