Nadal pulls out of Indian Wells and Miami

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NEW YORK, March 3 (AGENCIES): World No.2 Rafael Nadal has pulled out of this month’s ATP Masters events in Miami and Indian Wells owing to hip injury.

The Spaniard had earlier also withdrawn from this week’s Acapulco Open in Mexico after a recurrence of the injury. The same injury also forced the 31-year-old to pull out of the Australian Open.

“I’m sorry to write this, but my worst possible scenario has been confirmed. The injury I suffered during training right before Acapulco is in the same basic area as the injury I suffered in Melbourne [during the Australian Open],” Nadal announced on Facebook. He added, “I won’t be playing at Indian Wells or in Miami and the goal going forward is to recover in time for the clay-court season.”

The tennis ace’s withdrawal from the event was greeted with dismay by Indian Wells tournament director Tommy Haas.

“We are disappointed that Rafa will not be able to compete for the title at this year’s BNP Paribas Open. We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery, and hope to see him back in action at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden next year,” ATP quoted Haas as saying.

Nadal has not played a match since this year’s Australian Open, where he retired in the fifth set against Marin Cilic.

World No.1 Roger Federer has said he is planning to again start competing in the French Open. “I dream of coming back to Roland-Garros,” Sport24 quoted Federer, as saying.

Federer has not played in the French Open for the last two years in order to give rest to his body and focus on other events where he has greater chances of winning. The Swiss has only one French Open title among his 20 Grand Slams.

“I do not know, I will decide that in April after Indian Wells,” Federer said of his French Open probable comeback.

The 36-year-old said, “(It depends on) how I feel, it’s much more than a decision, it’s the decision of the year, it’s in the middle of the year, it’s a surface change.”

Roland Garros is currently the only Grand Slam event held on clay, and is widely considered to be the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world. World No.2 Rafael Nadal has won the French Open title ten times.  The 2018 French Open will begin from May 27.

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