Rafael Nadal returns to practice court after skipping Montreal



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Rafael Nadal returns to practice court after skipping Montreal

The 22-time Major champion Rafael Nadal will not compete in Montreal this week. The Spaniard will not seek the sixth title at one of his favorite events, as he still struggles with an abdominal injury experienced at Wimbledon.

Nadal withdrew ahead of the Wimbledon semi-final clash with Nick Kyrgios after dealing with an injury that prevented him from practicing serve. Rafa returned to the practice court after a suitable rest, doing his best to play in Montreal and earn important points in the year-end no.

1 battle. Still, the Spaniard felt the pain in his abdomen again after working on his serve, and he decided to skip the Canada Open. Nadal is back on the practice court at home in Mallorca, working on his game and hoping to get ready for the US Open if he decides to skip the next week's Cincinnati Masters.

Rafael Nadal returns to the practice court at home in Mallorca.

Rafa has been a player to beat this year at 36. The Spaniard has won 35 out of 38 matches, leading the ATP Race ahead of Carlos Alcaraz. Rafa claimed the season's opening two Major titles for the first time in a career to stand on 22 trophies and leave Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic behind.

Nadal skipped the final months of the 2021 season due to an injury and made a perfect return at the start of the new year. Rafa claimed the first Australian Open crown in 13 years and remained unbeaten until the Indian Wells final.

The Spaniard skipped the beginning of the clay season and did not play at his best in Madrid and Rome. Hoping to overcome an injury, Nadal celebrated the 22nd Major crown at Roland Garros, toppling Novak Djokovic in the quarter-final and beating Casper Ruud in the title clash.

After a well-deserved rest, the Spaniard headed to Wimbledon and reached the third straight All England Club semi-final. It came after an epic victory over Taylor Fritz in the quarter-final that required five sets and almost four and a half hours.

Nadal withdrew ahead of the semi-final clash with Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal injury. After taking a few days off, Rafa returned to the practice court at home in Mallorca and worked on his baseline game. He looked good on the practice court, but the main issue following that injury was his serve.

Nadal started to practice it last week, and his body did not react well. That's why he decided to skip Canada and remain at home until he fully recovers.