Nadal out of Rogers Cup

Days before the tournament opened, No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal wondered about his fitness and preparation for the Rogers Cup, his first action since Wimbledon, where he muddled through the final week nursing a bad foot.

Compounded by a throat issue that left him feeling weak and croaking out answers, Nadal faltered unexpectedly. In a match delayed by rain and that lasted over three hours, Nadal won an easy first set against Croatian up-and-comer Ivan Dodig and then promptly dropped the next two sets in heart-breaking tie-breakers.


“Seriously, I didn't feel that I played bad,” said Nadal, who was up a break once in the second set and twice in the third, but couldn’t close out the match. “In the decisive moments, I didn't play well. That's the truth."

Nadal put his struggles to win key points down to "a little bit of everything. Little bit of long time without competition. Little bit of I started one week and a half ago playing tennis.

“He played very well, very aggressive. He didn't feel the pressure in the important moments. And at the end of the match, probably I was a little bit unlucky today, no?

“I felt I played enough well to win that match. But that's tennis. The only thing I can do is congratulate the opponent and keep working for Cincinnati.”

For Nadal, it was the first time he’d lost his opening-round match in a tournament since Rome in 2008. Afterward, Nadal said his foot didn’t bother him at all.


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  1. karim on January 19th, 2016

    from Australian Open 2016 too very sad for him

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