Ear infection delays Nadal's Madrid Open start

Mar 31, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain reaches for a backhand against Fabio Fognini of Italy (not pictured) during a men's singles semi-final in the 2017 Miami Open at Brandon Park Tennis Center. Nadal won 6-1, 7-5. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 31, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Rafael Nadal of Spain reaches for a backhand against Fabio Fognini of Italy (now not pictured) all over a men’s singles semi-closing in the 2017 Miami Open at Brandon Park Tennis Heart. Nadal received 6-1, 7-5. Necessary Credit Score: Geoff Burke-U.S.A. These Days Sports Activities

Rafael Nadal has asked to start his participation within the Madrid Open a day later than deliberate as a result of an ear infection, that means he’ll face Italian Fabio Fognini on Wednesday.

Nadal is searching for a third consecutive claycourt title of the season after winning the Barcelona Open and Monte Carlo Masters however his preparation for the tournament within the Spanish capital has been interrupted by using the infection.

“On Friday I aroused from sleep at three in the morning with pain, a ache I had never felt before,” the 14-occasions grand slam winner told a news conference on Monday.

“I went to the doctor and he informed me I had an ear infection. It Is nothing vital however it’s bothering me, it has caused me headaches and I Have Been feeling dizzy.

“Lately I felt higher and was ready to coach well for two hours. My intention and the event’s was to start on Tuesday however after this It’s higher to attend a day and begin on Wednesday.”

If he will get prior Fognini, Nadal could face Australian Nick Kyrgios in the 0.33 round, with Milos Raonic or David Goffin amongst his potential quarter-ultimate opponents.

“The draw isn’t best but the truth I’m taking part in at home is a plus,” delivered the Spaniard, who has gained the Madrid Open a record 4 times.

“I Am more than pleased with my begin to the year, and no longer just the claycourt season. These have been excellent months given that I began enjoying on clay as a result of I Have Been able to win tournaments after shedding finals.”

(Reporting via Richard Martin, editing through Ed Osmond)

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