Fabio Fognini returns a ball to Rafael Nadal during their Monte Carlo Masters semi-final match on Saturday. Agence France-Presse
Nadal emerged triumphant that day, winning in five sets in a four-hour 48-minute epic of fluctuating fortunes that stretched out over seven hours because of constant, momentum-shifting rain interruptions.
The world number three, 38 years old, withdrew on Monday from this week's Masters 1000 tournament in Paris, two hours before the start also saying he needed to rest.
The ageless Swiss great, 38, said ahead of the tournament that he had low expectations at the year's opening Grand Slam after missing the warm-up ATP Cup to spend more time with his family.
The tennis season was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the hiatus will continue at least until mid-July, depriving lower-level players, who depend solely on tournament winnings, of the chance to earn a living.
It was confirmed that the Danish football player suffered a cardiac arrest.
He scored one of the most remarkable goals in European Championship history to give Czech Republic a flying start and shatter the Scotland hopes in Glasgow.
Scotland’s long-awaited return to a major international tournament was ruined by Patrik Schick’s “genius” said Czech Republic coach Jaroslav Silhavy after a stunning finish from the Bayer Leverkusen forward sealed a 2-0 win at Hampden on Monday.
A wary UAE coach Bert Van Marwijk predicted a very tough match against group leaders Vietnam at the joint 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualifier on Tuesday. The UAE face Vietnam in the decisive final as the hosts face the group leaders in the must-win match.