Rafael Nadal’s first match in 10 weeks ended prematurely due to a knee injury – but it wasn’t Nadal who was in pain. While many worried that the Spaniard’s knees might give him trouble it was his compatriot, David Ferrer, who limped off the court.
Not only was it sad to see a player bow out in pain, it was a letdown for the crowd who were waiting to see how Nadal’s return would end. The spectators all groaned when the ump announced the end of the match with Nadal leading 4-3 in the set.
“It’s always a pleasure to come back,” said Nadal. It’s only been (two) months and a half, it’s not three years outside of tennis. I’m happy to come back and play in Canada again, but the feeling is normal, like always. But when you have some time off competition, when you come back, it’s a little more exciting. I never expected this from David. I’m sorry for him.”
I wouldn’t want to win that way but I’m assuming Nadal is taking whatever he can get since he added: “For me, it was nice to have a victory like this. I’m here to improve every day, to enjoy very game, every point. Sure, it was a bit strange. The first movements are tough and it’s hard to move well and to feel confident when you touch the ball. But that’s normal. I must be happy because I didn’t play terrible. Next round, I have another chance to continue to improve.”
Nadal will face Philipp Petzschner of Germany in the third round later today.