Rafael Nadal to miss Davis Cup final
Rafael Nadal will miss Spain’s Davis Cup final against Argentina because of a knee injury. He’s still struggling with tendinitis in his right knee following a week of treatment.
This was one of the worst decisions he’s ever had to make, a very painful one. Rafa is deeply upset about it, more than anyone else for sure. Hopefully he can make it because Spain is gonna get rocked without him.
Nadal’s absence deals a big blow to Spain’s bid for a third Davis Cup title since 2000. Spain captain Emilio Sanchez Vicario has until Tuesday to name his team.
Nadal is desperate not to miss the Davis date at Mar del Plata. “Who doesn’t want to play the Davis Cup final? It’s my last major objective this season.
“Any player would want to be there, and I’m not an exception.”
Nadal was a key player when Spain beat the United States 4-1 in the semifinals, winning both his singles matches.
Spain plays Argentina on indoor hard court at Mar del Plata from Nov. 21-23. If Nadal misses Davis Cup, Argentina will absolutely slaughter Spain.
Nadal this year won a fourth straight French Open and his first Wimbledon title. He withdrew from the Paris Masters last month with an injury to the same knee after losing the first set of his quarterfinal against Nikolai Davydenko. He then pulled out of this week’s season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai, China.
The good news for Nadal and his fans is this isn’t the first time that he has had to deal with this stuff. He’s bounced back before, the question is how many times can he do it and still be a GS winner?