Nadal pulls out of Brisbane International with thigh problem

Nadal pulls out of Brisbane International with thigh problem

Nadal pulls out of Brisbane International with thigh problem

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Brisbane International on the eve of his first scheduled competitive match of the season because of a strained left thigh.

He lost a three-set exhibition match against South Africa's Kevin Anderson in Abu Dhabi last week and had indicated that he was fighting fit ahead of the Brisbane event.

"I tried to play and I still wanted to play but the two doctors from here and the doctors from my confederation in Spain tell me. if I play here, there is a risk (I won't) have the chance to play Melbourne", Nadal said. I feel myself playing at a good level of tennis. "He is one of the greatest legends of all time and we want to see him play".

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Rafael Nadal was advised not to risk playing in Brisbane after suffering a small strain of his left thigh.

Nadal won the Australian Open in 2009 and would dearly love to add another title on the hardcourts of Melbourne.

Although bitterly disappointed that he would not be able to perform for the Brisbane crowd, the world No. 2 said on Wednesday evening that he still plans to make January's Australian Open Grand Slam.

"I really believe that I keep having tennis to play in my career", he said at the news conference on Tuesday.

Lucky loser Taro Daniel will face Tsonga in the absence of Nadal.

The Spanish star endured a hard 2018, playing just nine tournaments before undergoing ankle surgery in November.

"I will probably be 100 per cent in five days".

"I have to be ready to understand that this kind of stuff happens when you're coming back from injuries. For me it's a big goal to be ready for there and I'm going to fight for it".

Nadal, who claimed his 17th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros previous year, has not played a competitive match since September.

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