Browsing: Rafael Nadal

The Spaniard was scheduled to play South African Lloyd Harris in the second round of the National Bank Open in Toronto on Wednesday, but he was forced to pull out of the event with a lingering left foot injury.

“During the grass-court season, I, unfortunately, experienced a setback with my knee and have accepted that I must withdraw from the Tokyo Olympic Games,” the 40-year-old wrote.

Nadal, who returned to number two in the world last week after his thrilling win over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Barcelona final, strolled past his 18-year-old opponent in the Spanish capital.

The World no. 7 is the highest-ranked player who has withdrawn from Miami so far, joining Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic on the list of the most notable missing players.

The Spanish superstar was unable to compete at the ATP Cup earlier this month due to back stiffness, but recovered to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals (l. to Tsitsipas).

The world number one, who has won the title on each of the eight previous occasions he has reached the semi-finals in Melbourne, claimed his first straight-sets win since the first round, beating the world number 114 6-3 6-4 6-2.