22-time major champion Rafael Nadal will not compete in Montreal this week. The Spaniard is not looking for a sixth title at one of his favorite events as he is still battling an abdominal injury he suffered at Wimbledon.
Nadal withdrew from his Wimbledon semi-final match against Nick Kyrgios due to injury. After a well-deserved break, Rafa returned to the practice court, doing his best to play in Montreal and at the end of the year ranked no.
1 battle However, after the Spaniard served, he felt the pain in his stomach again and decided to skip the Canadian Open. Nadal is back home on the practice court in Mallorca, working on his game and preparing for the US Open if he decides to skip the Cincinnati Masters next week.
Rafael Nadal returns to the practice court at home in Mallorca.
Rafa is the player with 36 wins this year. The Spaniard has won 35 of 38 matches, ahead of Carlos Alcaraz in the ATP tournament. Rafa won the opening two majors of the season for the first time in 22 titles, leaving him behind Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Nadal skipped the final months of the 2021 season due to injury and made a perfect return at the start of the new year. Rafa took his first Australian Open crown in 13 years and remained unbeaten until the Indian Wells final.
The Spaniard skipped the clay season early and did not play well in Madrid and Rome. Hoping to overcome injury, Nadal celebrated his 22nd major crown at Roland Garros, defeating Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals and defeating Kasper Rut in the final.
After a good break, the Spaniard heads to Wimbledon to reach his third consecutive All England Club semi-final. It came after an impressive quarterfinal win over Taylor Fritz that went five sets and nearly four and a half hours.
Nadal withdrew from his semi-final match against Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal injury. After a few days off, Rafa returned to the training ground at home in Mallorca and made his debut. Although he looked good on the practice court, the main issue after injury is his serve.
Nadal started training last week, and his body did not respond well. That’s why he decided to skip Canada and stay at home until he fully recovers.