Rafael Nadal withdraws from ATP Miami Masters | Tennis News
The Spanish superstar, who goes a perfect 15-0 in 2022 in his Indian Wells second-round match against Sebastian Korda, has pulled out of the second half of the ‘Sunshine Double’ in Miami, according to the latest list of participants published.
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The move would make sense for the 35-year-old, giving him more time to prepare for the European clay season.
Nadal has had a sensational start to the year. He rallied after two sets to defeat Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final, winning a record 21st Grand Slam singles title.
He followed that up by winning the title in Acapulco. The last time he won three or more hard-court titles in a season was in 2013, when he won four of his 10 hard-court titles, including at Indian Wells.
Nadal said ahead of the Indian Wells start that the foot injury that put him on crutches six months ago remained a concern.
“The foot will not be 100% recovered, ever,” he said. “Pain, I have excruciating pain in my foot.”
This is the main reason why he hesitates to make long-term plans.
“At the moment I can be happy with things. But at some point I’m going to have to do a little more processing, maybe stop a little bit,” he said.
“I have to find the right balance between competing and finding the moments to stop and do things to try to play as long as possible. If I’m able to plan my schedule in the right way and follow my schedule, I really can’t ask for anything more.
“That’s my goal. I’m here. I’m super happy to be in Indian Wells now, and I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I’m enjoying every day here, and that’s it.”