Rafael Nadal was the big absentee at the start of the season. The 20-time Grand Slam champion decided to skip his first engagements due to a back problem that hit him earlier in the week. According to the latest official news, we know that the Spaniard will also miss the semi-final with Italy.
Nadal is probably not at 100% yet and does not want to take any risks in the Australian Open perspective. The current number two in the world was placed at the bottom of the board and had a rather lucky draw. Nadal had thus spoken of his slight injury.
"Nothing terrible, but I didn't feel at my best to play. In training I felt a stiffening that I'm getting treated, I'm confident it can improve for the next few days. I am satisfied with my pre-season - he continued -, with the quality of the preparation carried out in Mallorca and Adelaide.
The first goal right now is to try to recover in the best possible way“. It will therefore be Fognini and Pablo Carreno Busta who will open the important challenge. The Italian will try to beat Carreno Busta for the first time in his career, who has defeated him seven times out of seven.
It will then be up to Berrettini, who will try to do his best against another expert tennis player of the caliber of Roberto Bautista Agut. The blue is 3-1 ahead in direct clashes and has won one of the two matches played on hardcourt.
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has had an unpleasant start to his 2021 season. On account of his back injury, he has missed out on all group-stage matches at the ongoing ATP Cup. Spain’s ATP Cup captain Pepe Vendrell has answered this question.
He revealed that the 34-year-old is doing everything possible to enable himself to play. In the end, it will be a race against time for the 20-time Grand Slam champion.
Will back injury affect Nadal’s Australian Open 2021 campaign?
“Rafael Nadal’s working very hard to recover his best feelings,” said Pepe Vendrell.
“Obviously he couldn’t play any matches during the week. It’s a situation that we have to study”. The news of Nadal resuming training is a good sign as the major tournament starts in a few days. But as per the captain, they will evaluate the best decision for Team Spain.
Pepe said, “We are going to talk tonight. He practiced and he was feeling better. We are thinking as a team. We [will] try to choose the better option for the team”.