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Rafael Nadal’s US Open preparations take a knock as he is forced to withdraw from Montreal Open

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the forthcoming Montreal Open due to his abdominal injury.
The Spaniard suffered the injury during Wimbledon and had to pull out of his semi-final against Nick Kyrgios.
It has not healed sufficiently to play in Canada next week so the 36-year-old is taking extra time to recover ahead of the US Open later this month.

Nadal said in a statement on the tournament’s official website: ‘I have been practising for a while now without serving and started with serves four days ago.
‘Everything has been going well. However yesterday, after my normal practice, I felt a slight bother on my abdominal and today it was still there.

‘After speaking with my doctor, we prefer to take things in a conservative way and give (it) a few more days before starting to compete. I would like to thank Eugene (Lapierre), the tournament director, and all his team for understanding and supporting me and this decision.
‘I am very sad not to finally travel to Montreal. It’s a tournament that I have won five times and I love to play there.’ He added.

‘I seriously hope I can come back there to play in front of the amazing crowds up there.’
Meanwhile, Andy Murray will play in the tournament after receiving a wild card.
Murray has joined Alexis Galarneau, Vasek Pospisil and David Goffin in receiving wildcards to participate in the Montreal Open.
The three-time champion is playing the event for the first time since winning in 2015.

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