I wrote too soon. Juan Martin Del Potro has just withdrawn from his blockbuster match against Rafael Nadal. That according the the Tennis Channel and Jason Goodall who announced that Andy Murray’s match against Thomaz Bellucci will replace the Nadal-Del Potro.
Goodall said on air that Del Potro pulled out with a hip injury denying us and the tennis world what would have been a great match. The Argentine just beat Marin Cilic 63, 60 yesterday but is physically unable to play today.
Del Potro is expected to play in Rome next week, but that could change.
I’ll try to round up some quotes if and when Del Potro meets with the press to talk about his injury and his status for future events.
UPDATE: According to reports on twitter, Del Potro will miss Rome and return to Argentina for further evaluation. It doesn’t sound like there is any danger for the French Open. Not yet!
Del Potro had treatment for the hip during the second set in his first round win over Youhzny.
Del Potro said he began having issues with the hip in Estoril which carried over into Madrid.
Quote from Del Potro translated from Marca.com:
“I have called this press conference to announce that I am not able to play today,” said Juan Martin del Potro. “Sorry for the tournament, the fans and Rafa. I think it was a nice game to play but I am unable to do so,” he added. The Tandil said the complaints began “in Estoril, including the semifinal and final. The days have passed and I felt worse. The pain is very annoying and I can not remove or heat or with treatment. Today I got up more pain than usual and I have agreed with the doctors did not show up today. ”
“I hope that rehabilitation starts early and does not alter my schedule. I hope to be at Roland Garros,” said the Argentine. “I stress that I know what this type of injury and I will not repeat the past. It’s not an injury you have had in the past, but I am so stiff as to not play.”
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