Nadal withdraws from Asian Swing

Paola Ditto
Settembre 21, 2018

"As you know, I had to retire from the US Open semifinal match, and last Monday I was in Barcelona looking at my knee's situation with the doctors", Nadal said via his official Twitter account.

Wimbledon and US Open champion Novak Djokovic will hope Nadal's absence can help his push to become the prestigious season-ending number one at the Paris Masters and World Tour finals in November with Nadal's injury opening the door for his return to top spot.

He also missed Spain's Davis Cup semi-final defeat by France at the weekend.

Rafa was the defending champion in NY but he failed to repeat the last year's run, struggling in back-to-back matches against Karen Khachanov, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Dominic Thiem (this match alone lasted for nearly five hours) and not being able to finish the semi-final clash despite a great effort in the opening set against the Argentinian.

"Although this knee pain is nothing new to me, we have decided together my medical and technical team that I won't be playing the Asian swing in Beijing and Shanghai".

Nadal is now on top of the world rankings with 8,760 points, 1,860 ahead of Federer and 2,315 more than in-form Djokovic.

Rafael Nadal shakes hands with a trainer after retiring from a match against Juan Martin del Potro during the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on September 7, 2018.

The 32-year-old Spaniard added: "I regret not being able to be with all the fans in China". He lost the final in Shanghai to Roger Federer.

He retired with a hip problem in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic in January, and also against Andy Murray in the 2010 Australian Open quarter-finals due to a knee injury.

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