• Injury concerns as Nadal makes sudden doubles pull-out

    2/14/13 2:22 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Injury concerns as Nadal makes sudden doubles pull-out The first signs of injury worries in the Rafael Nadal camp may have been signalled by the Spaniard's surprise sudden pullout just before the start of a doubles match with David Nalbandian in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    Nadal's camp said the withdrawal was merely a precaution to allow the longtime knee injury victim to concentrate on his singles as he tries for a comeback to tennis after seven months out. But the suddenness of the decision has observers concerned that Nadal might have taken on too much tennis by playing in both events as he makes his return to the courts.

    Even his forgiving and favored clay seems to be have become a potential hazard, with the world No. 5 scheduled for this week and one more in Acapulco before putting his knees to the supreme test with hard courts all during March in the US.

    Nadal lost both the singles and doubles finals last week in Chile and travelled to Brazil still complaining of knee pain. He and Nalbandian had won their opening doubles 6-3, 3-6, 11-9 victory over Spaniards Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia Lopez.

    Nadal's longtime doctor Angel Luiz Cotorro told the BBC that the Spaniard needed to make a measured return to the sport. "What you have to do in this case is select tournaments properly, enter the circuit progressively.

    "On clay, movements are less aggressive because of the possibility to skid, which helps the tendon to suffer less. A quick surface is more aggressive than any other because of the abrupt changes in movement, the sudden brakes."

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so they wanted to go to the restaurant instead?
nalbandian too long without food after his first round singles win...

croc , 2/14/13 3:55 PM

I don't know if the Masters in the States are a good idea. Clay, HC, clay. I wish he would skip the HC challenges and play only on clay until certain that the knee healed. I shudder to think of a sudden move and a bad consequence.

danica , 2/14/13 9:09 PM

nope no injury concerns, he just cruised through against souza.

willmw101 , 2/15/13 1:09 AM

Rafa did just enough to get the win against Souza. He seemed to be in second gear throughout the match. Souza served surprisingly well with a lot of aces, but Rafa got the break early in the first set when he had him down 0-40 and that was enough to win the set.

Souza was trying some trashy tactics, waving to the crowd to get them riled up, but it didn't bother Rafa. At 4-4 with Souza serving, Rafa cranked it up and hit some great forehands to get the break. It's like he knew when to go for it. That was enough for him to serve it out and get the win.

Rafa seemed fine as far as I could see. I just didn't think he was pushing himself in this match. He did what he had to do.

Nativenewyorker , 2/15/13 3:10 AM

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