Certainly understandable. He’s 35 and as one gets older, it takes more time for the body to recover. Wimbledon is only two weeks away so that’s not a lot of time.Nadal withdraws from Wimbledon and the Olympics to "prolong career."
There's an interesting over/under bet to be constructed regarding the number of betting favorites who will meet their quarterfinal projections. In other words, how many of the eight players projected by the bookies to reach the quarterfinals will reach the quarterfinals? For the men, you'd probably set the O/U between 4.5 and 5.5; for the women, it's probably more like 2.5 (and I'd bet the under).Men's Draws (projected quarters)
Djokovic - (Rubiev/Sinner)
Tsittsipas - (Bautista-Agut/Shapovalov)
Zverev - Berretini
Medvedev - (Federer / Carreno Busta )
Federer does have a draw that looks like he should get to the quarters. And basically even all the way to the finals is probably the best he could have hoped for; although, while I think he could be a Zverev or Medvedev at Wimbledon, I don't think he could do it back to back matches, especially after playing 4 to get there.
A well rested kyrgios could be sitting there in the 3rd round for Zverev, which is one of the few, could be interesting matches. Kyrgios is also playing mixed doubles with Serena this year.
On the women's side , not that we' won't see a bunch of upsets, but the quarters set up as
Barty - Andreescu (Azerenka could be an option here)
Svitolina - Williams (Williams could face Kerber in 3rd round, and winner of Gauf/Bencic in 4th round)
Kenin - Pliskova
Sabalenka - Swiatek (The always unpredictable and Dangerous Muguruzu could be waiting in 4th round for Swiatek )
Yeah, that could be. I TRY to root for the American men, but they're usually out of the major tournaments by the third round. So, it's kind-of fun for me to root for Tiafoe here.I actually meant to post that there will likely be some early casualties of players who played deep into the French, which only ended two weeks ago. Tsitsipas was the most obvious one on the men's side, and a big test for him whether he could come back so quickly. So far, not promising for him.