So much for Rafael Nadal taking on the US next month in Davis Cup. Today, Nadal bagged the tie in favor of resting a foot injury, according to the Spanish Davis Cup officials.
Not really much of a surprise for the surging Nadal, who’s putting himself first, his country second. That’s fair. Roger Federer does it. Andre Agassi use to do it. I’m okay with that.
But since he’s withdrawing due to a foot injury, does that mean he’s also pulling out of his match tonight against Juan Martin del Potro? Or is he figuring the foot will become injured by the time Davis Cup rolls around? My guess is no and no.
Obviously, Nadal has realized an extra week on hard courts here in the U.S. will cut into his clay prep for the Roland Garros. He’s right. And it’s something the Spaniard really can’t afford to do right now with all the points he has to defend in April/May/June.
Davis Cup for Nadal will be there next year, or maybe even later on this year. I guess we’ll find out more tonight when he speaks to the press after his match against Del Potro.
The withdrawal still doesn’t get the U.S. off the hook. Tommy Robredo, David Ferrer – who plays Andy Roddick later today in Miami – and the doubles lefty combo of Verdasco and Lopez will still be tough, but a fair bit of the intrigue is unfortunately gone from the tie with Rafa out.
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