Swiss Maestro Roger Federer thinks that his biggest rival Rafael Nadal’s health condition looks quite serious as he announced his withdrawal almost two weeks before the start of US Open.
Federer stated, "If he pulls out that early before the Open, it must be something serious. That's what is sort of scary. There is obviously the whole debate going on if he is going come back for this year. I hope in hindsight this is a very smart decision by him. But it's obviously a big blow and disappointing news for the tennis world."
Third ranked Nadal pulled out of the last Grand Slam of the season on Wednesday due to his injured knee. This is the fourth high profile event from which the Spaniard has withdrawn. First he pulled out of the London Olympics and then two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Toronto and Cincinnati.
Nadal has not played any competitive match since losing to Czech Republic’s Lukas Rosol in the second round of Wimbledon Championships at the end of June.
Federer is now saying that he is worried for Nadal and wishing him best recovery but he is the same person who doubted the King of Clay’s injury last month.
When Nadal announced his withdrawal from the London Olympics because of this injury, Federer said that he was not sure if the Spaniard was really injured or he was just taking some time off to recharge his batteries.
Maybe Federer forgot that Nadal was named to be his country’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the biggest sports event of the world and it was his dream to have that honor. Nadal was also supposed to defend the Gold Medal which he had won in Beijing four years ago.
It was only when Nadal withdrew from two successive Masters Series events that Federer believed the 11-time Grand Slam winner was really injured.
Federer might be the happiest person on Nadal’s lay off as it helped him win his seventh Wimbledon title. The Swiss star, who trails Nadal 10-18 in the head to head series, would have found it difficult to win his 17th Grand Slam crown in Nadal’s presence.
In the absence of Nadal, Federer will also start as favorite at the US Open, bidding to win his all-time record 18th Major trophy.