Rafael Nadal recently said he hates to retire mid-match, but when he does, it´s because he is forced to. During his 16-year career, Nadal could not continue in a match nine times, starting in 2005 Auckland first round against Dominic Hrbaty.
On the other hand, Roger Federer has never retired in mid-match in 1,424 matches played. Nadal retired against Lleyton Hewitt at 2006 Queen´s quarter-finals when they were tied at one-set all. Chris Guccione benefited from Nadal´s retirement towards the late stages of the first set at 2007 Sydney first round, while in 2007 Cincinnati Nadal retired to Juan Monaco when the Spaniard was down 7-6 4-1.
In 2008 Paris, Nadal lost the first set 6-1 to Nikolay Davydenko and then gave up. At the 2010 Australian Open quarters, Andy Murray was up 6-3, 7-6(2), 3-0 when Nadal retired. Six years later, a new retirement came, during the third set of the opening round match against Damir Dzumhur at the 2016 Miami Open due to extreme heat condition.
This year, he has retired twice: against Marin Cilic at the Australian Open quarters due to a hip injury and the most recent one at the Us Open semi-finals against Juan Martin del Potro. On Nadal, the former Spanish player Alex Corretja said: ´I don´t think it is gonna take as long, we don´t need to worry I believe and he will be back in Asia or maybe European season at the end of the year.
Hopefully he will be back, he has got Davis Cup next week for Spain but I think he will for sure miss it.´ ALSO READ: Roger Federer: ´I hope there won´t be a player like me or Rafael Nadal´