Surprised that the ATP 500 in Rotterdam was without news until Rafael Nadal was withdrawn in the last hours. With the decision made (to a tournament he was returning to after 12 years), the Spaniard regretted having to take this measure: “I really wanted to go back to Rotterdam and the Netherlands, since I played there for a while, this was the perfect year for my calendar. I hope to come back soon and play there. All the best for the tournament, always a first-rate event. “
His physical complaints, which appeared in Adelaide and continued in Melbourne, did not allow him to complete a 100% tour of Australia: “We found a temporary solution that allowed me to play without pain in the second week of the tournament. Once I returned to Spain, I visited my doctor and together with my team they advised me not to play this coming week,” said via Twitter.
The tournament, which will be played from March 1 to 7, had recently suffered the defections of three players in question occupying the Top 30: Matteo Berrettini, Casper Ruud and Denis Shapovalov.
This panorama, Without Nadal in action, he ignites an expectant Daniil Medvedev to storm No. 2 in the world rankings. How is that? Medvedev closes the podium of the world rankings with 9735 points, while Rafa is the escort of the leader with 9850. There are only 115 points of difference between one and the other.
The Russian only has 10 units, as he lost in the first round to Vasek Pospisil in the 2020 edition. In this way, Medvedev would make sure to overcome Nadal in case of winning champion.
Unfortunately, Rafael Nadal is forced to pull out of the 48th ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. The back problems that started in Australia prevent him from playing next week. Daniil Medvedev, number 3 in the ATP Rankings, is now the top seed in the tournament. pic.twitter.com/XPXaX0ZZQG
– ABN AMRO WTT (@abnamrowtt) February 25, 2021