Rafael Nadal had an injury at the Australian Open and that is why he lost in the finals and now his next tournament on the schedule for the ATP Tour has the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and that comes after his win at the Rio Open 500 in Brazil and he beat Alexandr Dolgopolov and this all comes after he had to pull out of Buenos Aires earlier in the month due to a stomach bug.
Nadal won over Dolgopolov 6-3 7-6 (7-3) in Rio and now he has the chance to continue his year and he looks ready to dominate once again after a huge season in 2013. Nadal won the US Open and was playing his best tennis towards the end of the season and while he looked like he would win the Australian Open, he suffered an injury and could not get it done in the finals.
Nadal had been dealing with the back injury since the Open and he looked fine and recovered in Rio and now he is looking to continue playing well. Roger Federer just won over Novak Djokovic and now he will play in the finals at the Dubai Championships after winning 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals and he will be up against Tomas Berdych in the finals. Nadal played tough at the Rio tournament and he looked much faster and stronger after dealing with the back injury and now Dolgopolov has lost all five of his matches against Nadal.
Here is more from Reuters.com on Nadal:
Rafael Nadal will miss next week's ATP tournament in Buenos Aires following a stomach bug that has hindered his recovery from the back injury he sustained at the Australian Open.
"I had a stomach virus that has not allowed me to train this morning (Thursday) and I have had to put back everything," the world number one said on his website (www.rafaelnadal.com).
"We are three days from the start of the tournament and without having been able to train a single day since Australia it means it has been impossible for me to prepare sufficiently to compete in an event so important as Buenos Aires."
Nadal's back injury contributed to his surprise four-set defeat by Switzerland's number eight seed Stanislas Wawrinka in the Australian Open final at the end of January.