Dr. Gonzalez, in a statement, said:
"Rafael Nadal has long since had knee problems, which have forced doctors to practice infiltration, such as during the last Roland Garros. Since then unfortunately the pain grew and Rafa has discussed with the medical staff that the only action to take is a forced rest. The only solution to solve the problem is in fact to implement a complete rest to ease the strain because even the slightest pull and the knee is damaged. If you were playing with the risk of tendon rupture it could require a subsequent operation and long recovery time."
In the meantime during today's press conference the Mallorcan said instead:
"Too many times I have risked my career, continuing to play despite physical problems. Now I have decided to treat myself to heal and think, this is what counts for the time being... even if I lose points and I am ranked at 3 or 4 in the world, it does not matter right now!"