• October 28, 2021

ATP Toronto Masters: Daniil Medvedev beats Alexander Bublik, foot injury fells Rafael Nadal

Top-seeded Russian Medvedev opened his week in the second round after a bye and staged a fightback to overhaul Kazakh Alexander Bublik 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Toronto: A nagging left foot injury forced Rafael Nadal out of the ATP Toronto Masters on Tuesday as top seed Daniil Medvedev rallied to reach the third round.

Nadal, a five-time champion in Canada, pulled the plug on his participation before his scheduled second-round opener with plans to return to Spain for treatment of the injury which kept him from Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics.

“I’ve had this issue for a couple of months,” he said. “It is not a happy situation after all the success that I had here in Canada.

“I need to go back (to Mallorca) and try to find a way to be better again. With this pain, I’m not able to enjoy (playing).

“I believe that I am not able to compete at the level that I need because the foot doesn’t allow me to move the way that I need.”

Nadal was the second seed in the hardcourt tournament.

Top-seeded Russian Medvedev opened his week in the second round after a bye and staged a fightback to overhaul Kazakh Alexander Bublik 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The Russian came back a changed man after a second-set rain delay.

“I was not playing well before the rain,” he said. “I was not feeling the ball and was missing on returns.

“I just wanted to play better – I knew I had to if I was going to win.

“When we got back on court, I felt much better from the first game.

Brooksby erupted as he was aced on match point, firing his racquet angrily into advertising hoardings at the side of the court.

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