Re: Toni's comments on Rafa's withdrawal
I must say that, without knowing everything about the injury, it seemingly would make sense for Nadal to take the rest of the year off.
Say that he COULD return in october, there would only be a few tournaments remaining all played on a surface that is generally bad for Nadal. Sure, he would be fresher than his rivals, but Nadal is a confidence player, so he's unlikely to do all that well. Wouldn't it make more sense to simply skip the rest of the year and start fresh on the slow outdoor hardcourts at the beginning of the season, which suit his game far better than indoor courts.
Yes, he'd lose quite a few rankings points, but he'll already fall far behind Djokovic and Federer with him missing the US Open and a couple of ranking spots probably doesn't make a huge difference for a player of Nadals stature. For those players its all about being #1 or not being #1.
And of course the most important argument is that such a break could significantly prolong his career rather than try to play as soon as possible and risk further injury.
Proud fan of Olderer, the GOAT.