After losing to Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis by3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) at the Miami Open 2018, Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer announced that he will be staying away from French Open 2018.
And despite watching on from home as his rivals battle it out at the Monte Carlo Masters this week, Federer has become the first player in ATP history to spend a total of 700 weeks inside the world's top four throughout a career.
Federer is missing the claycourt season for the second year in a row, but Nadal says he has no plans to skip any Grand Slam tournaments in the near future.
Since coming back from injury to win the Australian Open past year, Federer followed that up with the Wimbledon title and then defended his Melbourne crown to extend his record-breaking tally to 20 majors.
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"There are tournaments that I can't imagine missing on goal, because it is the tournaments that I love to play". The Spaniard is expected to play in Monte Carlo, Madrid and Barcelona, in his attempt to prepare to defend his French Open title.
"It's obvious that sometimes when you play a rally with 56 shots as I did with Novak (Djokovic) a couple of years ago in the final (US Open 2013), you can not expect a good point if you have 25 seconds on the next point", said Rafael Nadal. "These kind of events, I don't see missing (them)".
He returned with two wins in Spain's Davis Cup quarter-final victory over Germany earlier this month, having not played before that since January's Australian Open due to a hip injury that forced him to retire from a last-eight match with Marin Cilic. When you get older, you need to adjust a little bit more the efforts and the calendar. He said that a couple of days ago - and I thought he would play Roland Garros.
Nadal is chasing an 11th title at both Monte Carlo and Roland Garros, which begins May 27.