'There are very few players who can beat Rafael Nadal', says ATP ace

Rafael Nadal always amazes with his dedication and his hunger for victories

by Simone Brugnoli
'There are very few players who can beat Rafael Nadal', says ATP ace

The director of the Montreal Masters 1000 tournament, Eugene Lepierre, has confirmed that Rafael Nadal does want to compete in this year's edition of the Montreal tournament. Nadal, 36, had a disappointing and unfortunate end to his Wimbledon campaign as he was forced to retire against Nick Kyrgios in their semi-final match due to an abdominal injury.

The Montreal Masters takes place between August 7-14 and Nadal hopes to be fit for the Canadian Masters event. According to Lepierre, Nadal is expected to start his preparation for the summer tour on court on Monday. "Nadal is really looking forward to coming to Montreal and his hotel rooms are already booked," Lapierre revealed, according to the Daily Express.

"They have sent him a box of balls to use during the tournament to prepare. He should be back in training on Monday." Last Thursday, Nadal had a day off at Wimbledon but called a press conference. By the time Nadal called a press conference, everyone knew what was going to happen.

"Unfortunately, as you can imagine if I'm here, I have to withdraw from the tournament, right?" Nadal said at the press conference he held to announce his withdrawal from the Wimbledon semifinal. "As everyone saw yesterday, I've been struggling with the pain in my abdomen.

Although I've tried many times throughout my career to continue in very tough circumstances, in this one I think it's obvious that if I continue, the injury is going to be getting worse. That is what I can say now. I feel very sad to say it." Also, Nadal said that one of the reasons why he decided to pull out of it was because he didn't want to risk aggravating his injury and then being out of it for a longer period.

Lopez talks about Nadal

Feliciano Lopez has once again expressed his admiration for his compatriot, Rafael Nadal, after the latter's victory in the fifth set super tie‐break against Taylor Fritz, with a tear in his abs, before finally forfeiting his half against Nick Kyrgios.

“Words have failed us for a long time to describe what Rafa is doing. You have to take advantage of it because at 36, when a player is able to win two Grand Slams in the circumstances in which he did, it is very difficult to explain what he is doing in words.

The clearest evidence is that when he is healthy, there are very few players who can beat him. The superiority of Rafa and Djokovic over the other players is very great”, underlined the Spaniard of 40 at the microphone of Radio Marca.

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