Tennis fans are disappointed after Rafael Nadal confirmed that he was eliminated from the Spanish ATP Cup against Australia

World # 2 was forced to retreat from his country’s opening game against home Tuesday night after complaining of a stiff lower back

The 20-time Grand Slam champion was scheduled to take on top Australian player Alex De Minaur on Tuesday night, but decided to rest to prepare for the Australian Open next week

“Hi everyone, we decided with Team Spain and my team not to play the first ATP Cup game here in Melbourne today because I have a stiff lower back,” he tweeted

Nadal hopes to have recovered from the previous edition by Thursday when Spain meets Greece

Nadal, who won a record 21 in Melbourne Slam title and brings him past the injured Roger Federer, played an exhibition in Adelaide on Friday and defeated Dominic Thiem 7: 5: 6: 4

Due to his unfortunate update on late Tuesday, his legion of fans were understandably devastated and hopeful of his speedy recovery

Hi everyone, we decided with #TeamSpain and my team not to play the first match of the @ATPCup here in #Melbourne today because I have a stiff lower back Hopefully I’ll be better on Thursday. We have a strong one Team, everyone to @ pablocarreno91 @BautistaAgut & @M_Granollers #vamos 🇪🇸

I wish you an improvement very soon I miss you very much and look forward to seeing you again! Take a rest and come back stronger !! We are always with you Estamos siempre contigo ❤️

Without Rafa, the tournament will be unimportant and insignificant for me. That’s the way it is. Hope @RafaelNadal will soon be better

I hope you feel better soon Rafa❤️Your health is THE most important thing Take care of yourself and see you soon

Take care of yourself Rafa. It’ll get better soon, I love to see you play again, but your health is the number one concern.

The Spaniard number two, Roberto Bautista Agut, now faces de Minaur, while John Millman takes on Pablo Carreno Busta in the opening rubber

Nadal’s big rival Novak Djokovic helped Serbia get off to a dream start in the ATP Cup and underpinned its individual victory with a double against Canada

Djokovic started with a win against Denis Shapovalov with the number 1 in the world1 won 7-5, 7-5 against the Canadian in the Rod Laver Arena

The 33-year-old showed no sign of being hampered by a nasty blister on his bat hand that troubled him at an Adelaide exhibition last week

In fact, the 17-time main winner returned to partner Filip Frajinovic in the decisive doubles 30 minutes after his individual victory

Do you think you are happy? “Novak Djokovic and Filip Krajinovic lead Serbia to victory over Canada” UHR: Kanal 9 STREAM: https: // tco / q9lzfmbXa7 # 9WWOS #ATPCup picTwittercom / i1MjBJZnOs

The pair defeated Shapovalov and Milos Raonic 7: 5, 7: 6 (7: 4), when defending champions Serbia won 2: 1 in Group A against Canada

“It was a great opening of the season. Playing Shapo is always a big challenge on hard courts, he’s such a dynamic, explosive player,” said Djokovic, cheered on in front of a few loud Serbian fans

“I thought we both played at a pretty high level, so I’m very happy with the start of the season”

Serbia defeated Nadals Spain in the final of the first and hugely popular tournament in Sydney last year – which started as the rival of the Davis Cup

Due to the coronavirus, all games at Melbourne Park over five days at $ 7 have dropped the value from 24 to 12 teams this year, with 5 million at stake rather than the multi-city format used in 2020

On a cool day, Raonic started Canada with great success in just 79 minutes with a 6: 3, 6: 4 against Dusan Lajovic and brought his team with the former number three in the world 1: 0, now on rank 15, only lost eight points on serve while sending 11 aces

While Djokovic tasted the victory, US Open Champion Thiem, who lost to the Serbs in a gripping Australian Open final last year, had a disappointing start to the season

He slumped 6: 2, 6: 4 against the Italian number 10 in the world, Matteo Berrettini, who never allowed the Austrian to start with his big swing game

Berrettini was under pressure after Austria took the lead in Group C when the 100th Dennis Novak scored one of the greatest victories of his career and threw the number 17 in the world, Fabio Fognini, 6: 3, 6: 2 off balance

Thiem returned to Novak’s side and fell again 6: 1, 6: 4 against Berrettini and Fognini

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