Although the injury was not as concerning as fans initially feared, the Spaniard admitted that he had to announce the “sad news” that he would be travelling home to Spain instead of competing in his first Grand Slam tournament in a year. Nadal continued: “Right now I am not ready to compete at the maximum level of exigence in 5 sets matches.

“I’m flying back to Spain to see my doctor, get some treatment and rest. I have worked very hard during the year for this comeback and as I always mentioned my goal is to be at my best level in 3 months.” However, the two-time Aussie Open winner is still taking the positives after earning impressive wins over Dominic Thiem and Jason Kubler.

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