The draw of the Indian Wells 2019 prophesied the 39th meeting of the greatest rivalries of tennis and both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal stuck to the prophecy and sailed into the semifinals. However, the Spaniard abandoned their clash by withdrawing due to a knee injury.
Concerning this act by Rafael Nadal in the Californian desert, his ex-coach, and uncle, Toni Nadal commented upon his inferior move there. “Rafael Nadal wants to continue playing, despite his physical problems,” Toni Nadal stated. “That is what will continue to be decisive. Until then, who knows. Maybe two or three more years. What I’m saying is that Rafael is not a tennis player, he’s an injured person who plays tennis, and that’s very difficult.”
Later at Monte-Carlo Masters 2019, Rafael Nadal was interrogated upon his uncle’s remarks. “He apologized to me,” the Spaniard informed. “He came to the court and felt sorry for that. Toni wanted to say it in a positive way because of course I had many issues and he said it has a lot of value what he is doing for all the problem that he had. But it’s not about an interview.”
“Toni has conferences for companies every week so when you talk a lot sometimes you make mistakes. And it’s normal, I make mistakes, everybody makes mistakes. And of course it was a mistake for him, and he came to me and he felt sorry for that because he was a little bit overdramatic. I’m number one or two in the world and it’s difficult to be where I am being an injured person. Of course, I have more problems than almost the rest of my competitions but I was able to manage it well,” Rafael Nadal added.
In his opening round at the Monte-Carlo Masters 2019, Rafael Nadal will take on his compatriot, Roberto Bautista Agut who ousted the Australian John Millman 3-6 6-1 6-1 this morning. Tomorrow, the World Number one, Novak Djokovic will once again face Philipp Kohlschreiber who cut short his run at Indian Wells 2019 last month.
Besides the tennis aces, the Canadian Denis Shapovalov joined the list of casualties by conceding a 7-5 3-6 1-6 defeat to Germany’s Jan Lennard-Struff. Diego Schwartzman dumped out Kyle Edmund 4-6 6-3 6-1 with some occult touches with his racquet. And Fabio Fognini and David Goffin have proceeded into their next rounds.