Wrist injury forces Rafael Nadal to withdraw from 2 events

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States (4E Sports) – World No. 2 Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Rogers Cup and the Western & Southern Open due to a right wrist injury.

Nadal, the defending champion at both ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments, has not competed since losing in the Wimbledon fourth round to Nick Kyrgios on 1 July. He expects to return for the US Open, starting August 25.

Last year, the Spaniard went unbeaten on the summer North American hard-court swing, compiling a 17-0 record that culminated in capturing his second US Open crown.

Nadal has a 44-8 match record this season, which includes four titles.

Meanwhile, third seed Lukas Rosol booked a spot in the quarterfinal round of the bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel via a 6-3, 7-6(4) win Wednesday.

Rosol hit nine aces to beat Haider-Maurer in one hour and 38 minutes and set up a quarterfinal clash against Maximo Gonzalez, who beat fellow qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-4.

Rosol and Gonzalez were the only winners on a rain-plagued day. Play was originally scheduled to start at 11 a.m. local time but did not get underway until 3:17 p.m. due to heavy rain.

At the Citi Open tennis event in Washington, DC, Victor Estrella Burgos defeated eighth seed Feliciano Lopez, 7-6 (5), 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinal round together with Donald Young, who ousted 17th seed Julien Benneteau, 6-4, 6-3.

On the women’s side, Kristina Mladenovic defeated Taylor Townsend, 6-3, 6-4, while Kurumi Nara advanced to the quarterfinal after Zarina Diyas retired while trailing 3-6, 6-2, 4-0.

Marina Erakovic also booked a spot in the next round after beating Shelby Rogers, 6-2, 6-2.

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