As this continues you have to fear for Rafa’s 2018. The hip injury that put such an abrupt end to his Australian Open is seemingly continuing to cause issues, what’s worse is that the true cause is still unknown.
Was it a case of coming back too soon for the world ranking fight? Despite his insistence to the contrary earlier this week, it had to have riled him how quickly Federer reclaimed an accolade that he would’ve sealed last year if not for that 36 year old back.
Nope, however you spin it, this is at best inconvenient and frustrating for Nadal’s season and at worst it threatens to pigeonhole the great champion into relative uncertainty with the other Big 3 languishing on the sidelines.