The knee tendinitis is an ongoing problem Rafa has for years now and it will remain a problem.
So, it's a matter of managing the problem.
He overplayed IMO.
I understand how much his clay court season means to him but that clay court schedule is packed to the rafters. He should have dropped either Barcelona or Madrid or both.
In my opinion, he lost to Rosol fair and square. No excuse.
I do think that just cancelling the exo is not the best way to go about it. People have bought tickets, booked flights, hotels. They should have gotten a replacement (Ferrer, Verdasco,...) for the actual exo match with Nadal still showing up for an interview or whatever.
A bit of a
moment from Rafa, I think.
And I'm saying that as a big fan of his.