'I arrived to the match against Rafael Nadal trying...', says ATP ace

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'I arrived to the match against Rafael Nadal trying...', says ATP ace

He tried as long as he could, he signed up for the main draw but in the end Rafael Nadal decided to retire from the Toronto Masters 1000 tournament. The Spanish champion was supposed to make his debut tomorrow in the match against South African Lloyd Harris, the tennis player who beat him last week in Washington, but a few minutes ago Rafa announced his retirement from the tournament.

The Spanish tennis player had returned to Washington after two months of absence but even in the American capital he had shown that he was still struggling with physical problems and came out in the second match against Harris.

Rafa was returning from the disappointment of the semifinals at Roland Garros where he was defeated as a big favorite in four sets against world number one Novak Djokovic, later winner of the tournament. With that success Nole reached Nadal himself in addition to the Swiss champion Roger Federer at 20 Grand Slam titles.

The organizers of Toronto, through the social profile of the tournament, released the statements of the Iberian champion: "I really wanted to play here in Toronto, it's a tough decision but unfortunately that's the one that had to be taken.

I have had this problem for a couple of months, all people are now aware of it. After losing a year I wanted to be here at all costs, it is not easy for me but I am forced to forfeit." As reported by the Twitter account of the Toronto tournament Nadal forfeits due to a problem in his left foot and in his place Rafa's compatriot and expert tennis player Feliciano Lopez will be included as Lucky Loser.

He will then be the one to challenge the 49th tennis player in the world, Lloyd Harris, in the match valid for the second round of the tournament.

Schwartzman on beating Rafael Nadal

After losing in the third round of the Tokyo Olympics last month, Diego Schwartzman is back in action this week at the National Bank Open in Toronto.

A former quarterfinalist, Schwartzman would be hoping to better his record at the Canadian event, which is returning to the ATP calendar after two years. When asked about his best Masters 1000 win, Diego Schwartzman named his quarterfinal victory over Rafael Nadal at the Italian Open last year.

"Rafa last year in Rome," the Argentine said. "I was not playing my best tennis from the start of the [tour resumption] and I arrived to the match against Rafa trying to be able to play good tennis and feel good on court again.

I was able to play my best tennis ever," he added. "That match was special… I was able to take every chance he gave me in the match. It was a perfect match and obviously, against Rafa on clay, it was special."