According to Spanish press sports paper Marca, Rafael Nadal’s ailing lefty knee will not be healed in time for him to play the upcoming tie against the U.S. in two weekends.
Via Google Translation, the report indicates after Nadal underwent tests on his knee yesterday, the former No. 1 will not be cleared in time for Davis Cup. “After undergoing further medical tests yesterday in Vitoria, and although the improvement is sensitive, has been ruled out for inclusion in the quartet will present the Navy from 14 to 16 September in Gijón against America.”
Spain is scheduled to host the U.S. in Gijon from September 14-16 in the Davis Cup semifinals. Spain willl formally announce their Davis Cup roster in the next few days.
Nadal hasn’t played a match since his stunning loss to Lukas Rosol on June 28 at Wimbledon. Nadal withdrew from the Olympics then all summer hardcourt events including the US Open citing the diagnosis of Hoffa’s Syndrome in his left knee.
This news also further fuels the fire that Nadal may not return at all in 2012.
Roger Federer was asked yesterday about the possibility of Nadal missing the rest of 2012, and he acknowledged it was a possibility, but added he and Rafa don’t talk about injuries.
“He sees me taped up. I see him getting taped up,” Federer said. “We see each other warming up for matches and so forth. You never really talk about that. I think it’s quite personal except if one guy goes up to the other. But we’re both very open and honest, you know. When I ask him how he’s feeling, he’s not feeling well, he’ll tell me, I’m tired, a little injured. There’s no real secrets out there because he knows and I know when we tell each other that stuff it doesn’t leave the room. That’s a nice relationship I have with Rafa. It’s based on a lot of trust. So it’s obviously not great news but one that was a possibility. So I’m not shocked about the news. I’m still hopeful that he’ll be okay for the rest of the year.”
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