Rafael Nadal: 'Probably in the next couple of days we are going to...'

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Rafael Nadal: 'Probably in the next couple of days we are going to...'

After his defeat at Roland Garros to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal missed both Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics due to an injury to his left foot. The Spanish champion returned to the field at the ATP 500 event in Washington last week and lost to Lloyd Harris 4-6, 6-1, 4-6 in the round of 16.

Nadal did not appear in the best possible condition and during his press conferences he often spoke of his physical problem; a physical problem that then forced him to forfeit the Masters 1000 in Toronto, where he would have had to face Harris again on his debut.

“As people know, I have had this problem for a few months,” the Majorcan explained to Tennis Canada. It's a complicated situation, but I can't help it. I tried for a long time because I love this tournament.

I have to find a way to solve this problem. At the end of the day, the most important thing for me is to have fun playing tennis. Today this pain prevents me from doing it and I don't believe in my chances of being able to compete seriously.

I hope to return here in two years”. A few hours after the press release appeared on the official website of the National Bank Open, another bad news arrived. In fact, Nadal will not even participate in the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati and this could seriously jeopardize his participation in the next edition of the US Open.

"We wish a speedy recovery to Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic, both of whom have unsubscribed from the tournament for inofrtunio," the organizers of the Western & Southern Open wrote on the tournament's Twitter account.

Nadal is a five-time champion at the Canadian Open

Two-time defending champion Rafael Nadal will not get the opportunity to make it three consecutive titles in Canada. "I have had this issue for a couple of months, as people know," Nadal said.

"Yeah, of course is not a happy situation after all the success that I had here in Canada, not be able to play this year after missing a year." Rafael Nadal is a five-time champion at the Canadian Open, and he sounded understandably upset at missing the opportunity for a record-equalling sixth crown.

"Today, with this pain, I am not able to enjoy it, and I really don't believe that I have the chance to fight for the things that I really need to fight for," Nadal said. "Probably in the next couple of days we are going to know more."