Injured Nadal to miss Davis Cup semis

Rafael Nadal will miss Spain's Davis Cup semi-final against France next weekend due to the knee injury that forced him to retire at the US Open, the Spanish tennis federation said Saturday.

By Agencies in Madrid
  • Published 10.09.18
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Rafael Nadal

Madrid: Rafael Nadal will miss Spain's Davis Cup semi-final against France next weekend due to the knee injury that forced him to retire at the US Open, the Spanish tennis federation said Saturday.

"Rafael Nadal will not be able to compete in the tie against France in Lille. The knee injury suffered on Friday night at the US Open is stopping him from playing this semi-final," Spain team captain Sergi Bruguera said in a statement.

"We hope he recovers soon and we thank him for his support for the Spanish team in the Davis Cup."

He will be replaced by world No. 52 Albert Ramos-Vinolas for the September 14-16 clash against the defending champions as Spain attempt to reach their first final since 2012.

Nadal was trailing Juan Martin del Potro two sets to love in New York on Friday before tendinitis in his knee, a long-standing problem for the 17-time Grand Slam champion, saw him limp off the court.

"I know what I have," Nadal said afterwards. "I know what is going on with the knee. I know how I have to work to be better as soon as possible."

He added: "It's tough, these moments, but on the other hand I'm going to keep going and I'm going to keep working hard to keep having opportunities."

It was the second major Nadal has hobbled out of this year, having retired in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic with a torn hip muscle.

Nadal was the defending champion at the US Open but he failed to repeat last year's run, struggling in back-to-back matches against Karen Khachanov, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Dominic Thiem. The match against Thiem lasted for almost five hours. He was not able to finish the semi-final clash, despite a great effort in the opening set against the Argentine.

Nadal has played 25 Davis Cup singles ties so far and he is on an impressive 24-1 score, winning all five matches in the finals of 2004, 2009 and 2011 to lead Spain towards three titles.

His schedule after the Davis Cup is still unchanged.

Meanwhile, Andre Agassi expressed happiness for seeing Novak Djokovic at his highest level again

"I think he's found himself in a lot of ways," Agassi admitted.

"I think his standard of tennis is as high if not higher than ever. A lot of it has to do with health, just being healthy. Which is what we emphasised a lot on early on but it took a while for him to support the necessary decisions to get healthy. Unfortunately, that meant a violation of the body and surgery and all that. He is healthy, he has the matches under his belt."