Fears are almost confirmed. A week ago we asked how Rafael Nadal and his bum knee should schedule the upcoming March Masters Madness in Indian Well and Miami. If you were among the 41% who voted “Skip Both”, it looks like you are going to be in the win column.
Spanish news outlet Marca is reporting this morning that Nadal will in fact skip both events to preserve his knees for the all-important clay season. (He will play on “Earth Only” offers my browser translation!)
Rafa has made it clear to anyone who will listen that his knee is still not 100%, and he doesn’t like playing on hardcourts much anyway – zero titles since Tokyo 2010. And I can’t even remember the last time Rafa played on the cement. Quarterfinals at Miami last year?
Nadal is also scheduled to play a hardcourt exo next Monday in NYC, but that’s not looking promising either.
Nadal does play later tonight in Acapulco against a qualifier, so we’ll get the full story from the horses mouth then.
Also today, after Roger Federer’s shaky win yesterday in Dubai, Novak Djokovic is back in his first appearance since his Australian Open title. He’ll be up against his buddy Viktor Troicki. Del Potro and Baghdatis are currently locked in a 3rd set good one. Tennis Channel has coverage all day.
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