Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of Federer Match, Miami Due To Knee
by Staff | March 16th, 2019, 2:29 pm

Rafael Nadal’s knee wasn’t ready in time today for his big semifinal showdown against Roger Federer at Indian Wells.

Just a few hours before their scheduled match, Nadal had to withdraw because of the lingering issue with his right knee from the second set against Karen Khachanov yesterday.

“As I said yesterday after the match, I felt that something happened in the knee,” Nadal said. “I wanted to try my best to be competitive today. I warmed up today in the morning and I felt that my knee was not enough good to compete at the level that I need to compete, to play the semifinals of this event.

“For me it is not about today only. It’s about what it means for me to have to pull out in a tournament that I love so much like this one, and in the semifinals after playing well during the whole tournament. You can imagine that I can’t be happy. So that’s all. Sometimes it is tough and can be frustrating for me personally to go through all this stuff.”

Nadal will also miss Miami.

“What I gonna do is come back home and try to do a smooth transition to clay. Try to be 100% for the first event. That gonna be Monte Carlo for me,” he said.

It’s just the 5th time in Nadal’s career he’s conceded a walkover, and the first to Federer.

Nadal turns 33 in June. It won’t get any easier on his knees from here, especially not on hard courts.

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6 Comments for Rafael Nadal Pulls Out Of Federer Match, Miami Due To Knee

Keval Ananda Says:

The problem for Rafa is the hard courts. He does not get injured on the clay at his age. Looks like the future holds less hard courts for sure and maybe mostly clay as this just keeps happening on hard courts…..hard courts are very bad for most of the players. ATP will love this as it gives their favorite players more chances to surpass Rafa who has outdone them in many categories. But the time for hard courts for his body is fading fast. I would also recommend keeping the cell phone away from his body at all times and keep it on Airplane mode because it is a fact that the wireless Radio Frequency destroys DNA in the cells and that means poor DNA cell cycle repair that all of us must go through daily, successfully to have a healthy body.
DNA fracture is caused by Radio Frequency from cell towers and cell phones and all wireless devices. It also causes cancer, tumors, and sterility. Take note Rafa, please get rid of your cell phone or put it somewhere away from your body, if it’s not too late…DNA fractures are not good for anyone…especially world class athletes.

FedExpress Says:

Thiem vs Fed

Hope Fed makes it count tomorrow and wins his 6th IW.

Giles Says:

Domi will work him hard. Might even win.

Tennis Fan Says:

Nadal will now need to restrict his hardcourt schedule. Makes you wonder why he played Acapulco. I am sure he made $$$, but the surface is so hard on his body.

Daniel Says:

Fed going for a record 6th IW title and rested, it would take a major performance by Thiem to prevent that, or the skipped match messing with Fed’s rhythm. Fed in 2.

Angel Says:

Roger in two easy sets in less than a hour and ten minutes losing no more than 8 games.

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