Rafael Nadal was barely moving before pulling out of Roger Federer clash: Ex-player

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 | 0

Rafael Nadal was barely able to move prior to his withdrawal at the Indian Wells Masters, former tennis player Filippo Volandri has revealed.

Nadal hadn’t dropped a set en route to the semi-finals, where he was scheduled to lock horns with arch-rival Roger Federer. Hours before, however, the Spaniard pulled out due to a knee injury, sending his Swiss opponent into the final without dropping a sweat.

“His injury against Khachanov (in the quarter-final) looked very bad and Rafa was barely moving,” Volandari, a former world No. 25, was quoted as saying by tennis365.com.

“Although the last two games and the tie-breaks had left some hopes. But he usually warms up for 40 or 50 minutes prior to a match, while this time he did 20-25 minutes and he knows his body, so he wants to play only if he is at 100 per cent.

“He doesn’t want to take risks. He has been dealing with a knee injury for 15 years, I know what it means and on hard it’s even worse. Unfortunately, we missed him.”

Nadal, who will also miss this week’s Miami Open, is expected to be fit in time for Monte Carlo Masters, beginning April 14.

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