Rafa Nadal
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Diminished by a fracture of a rib, the Spaniard Rafa Nadal hopes to find the clay before Roland-Garros.

When will Rafael Nadal regain his favorite surface? Victim of a fractured rib on March 22, during the final in Indian Wells, the Spaniard needs four to six weeks before being recovered.

On Tuesday, his team announced that he was withdrawing from the list of entries at the clay-court tournament in Barcelona after having already missed the start of the season on the ochre dust in Monte Carlo.

We don’t know when he will compete in his first clay-court tournament this year. Soon I hope so,” the statement continued. Revealing that medical tests carried out in Barcelona confirmed “a fatigue fracture of the third left costal arch.”

The next tournaments on the favorite surface of the player 13 times crowned Porte d’Auteuil are Madrid, early May, then Rome. Enough to hope to be able to play some matches on clay before the launch of Roland-Garros (from May 22 to June 5).

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