Rafael Nadal showed class by wishing his rival, Roger Federer fast recovery as the Swiss Maestro is set to miss about a month of action in the ATP tour because of an injury.
“I am very sorry for him. It seems like it’s nothing too complicated and won’t keep him out for too long. I hope it all goes well and that he recovers soon,” Nadal said to china.org.
Nadal is set to play in the 2016 Argentina Open in Buenos Aires, Argentina this week and will defend the title he won last year.
Rafael Nadal knows about injuries in tennis as he suffered from knee, hamstring, foot and ankle injuries, among others in the last few years. The physical struggle has cost Nadal a few spots down in the ATP world rankings and also his place among the tour’s best players that still includes Roger Federer.
Rafael Nadal earned a bye in the tournament in Argentina and is set to open his campaign in the quarterfinals either against Marco Cecchinato (Italy) or Juan Monaco (Argentina).
Meanwhile, Federer underwent knee surgery last week and is expected to be out for about a month.
“I am so disappointed to have to miss Rotterdam and Dubai as they are two of my favorite tournaments on the ATP World Tour,” Roger Federer said via his official website.
“While this is an unfortunate setback, I feel grateful that up until now I have remained mostly healthy throughout my career. My doctors have ensured me that the surgery was a success and with proper rehabilitation, I will be able to return to the Tour soon.”
Federer will be out for the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam set from Feb. 8 to 21 and the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai from Feb. 22 to 27.
The Nadal vs. Federer rivalry continues after the pair has dominated the past decade but as Nadal has shown showing some concern and class even against a rival is still the norm in tennis.
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