Nadal to skip next month's Asian tournaments, Latest Tennis News

Rex Christensen
September 22, 2018

Nadal retired from his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro last month with the issue and subsequently pulled out of representing Spain in the Davis Cup semi-finals.

Nadal had to pull out during his semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in NY and also missed Spain's Davis Cup defeat by France last weekend.

"Although this knee pain is nothing new to me, we have decided together my medical and technical team that I won't be playing the Asian swing in Beijing and Shanghai".

With Federer cutting the number of tournaments he plays - the Swiss only took part in events in Shanghai, Basel and the ATP finals after last year's U.S. Open - Djokovic is now favourite to unseat Nadal as world number one.

Nadal is the defending champion in Beijing, where he beat Nick Kyrgios in the final past year.

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Still, no-one can deny that a Nadal-Federer team would be one of the most enjoyable to watch, and also a force to be reckoned with.

Nadal's decision will boost Serbian star Novak Djokovic's chances of ending the year at the top of the rankings.

The Spaniard clinched his 11th French Open title in June after also winning clay-court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome.

Nadal was forced to retire during at Flushing Meadows with what he later said was tendinitis in his right knee.

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