Rafael Nadal withdraws from ATP 500 Acapulco

World number two Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Mexican Open after a recurrence of the injury that saw him retire from January’s Australian Open.

Nadal retired in the fifth set of his quarter-final against Marin Cilic in Melbourne last month with a hip injury.

He was due to face fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the opening round on Wednesday in Acapulco.

“My goal and hope was to play in this tournament,” said the 31-year-old. “Unfortunately, in my last training session yesterday, I felt a sharp pain in my leg again.”

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