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Rafael Nadal withdraws from Indian Wells, Miami with injury

World number two, Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Masters series event in Indian Wells and Miami.

The Spanish maestro has endured an injury-hit start to the season, with his Australian Open campaign ending when he was forced to retire from his quarter-final clash against Croatian Marin Cilic.

Nadal, however, planned a return to competitive action this week at the Mexican Open in Acapulco, but that, too, was thwarted as the 16-time Grand Slam champion had to pull out on the eve of his match day as he suffered an injury setback.

And today, Friday, the Spaniard revealed via his Facebook page that he would be taking no part in the event in Indian Wells and Miami as he has to recover.

The 31-year-old said: “Unfortunately, the injury I suffered in Acapulco before starting the tournament is in the same area as the one suffered in Melbourne.

“I won’t be able to play in Miami or Indian Wells as I need to recover. It was very painful to retire from Acapulco and it’s very hard as well to not play in the USA. I will miss you and I will do everything that’s possible to be back there in 2019. Thank you.”

The BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells begins next week while the Miami Open follows two weeks later.

The world number two will now attempt to regain full fitness in time for the start of the clay-court season, with the Monte Carlo Masters due to commence on April 15.

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