Rafael Nadal awkwardly breaks Matteo Berrettini’s Australian Open 2021 injury news

Rafael Nadal awkwardly revealed news that no person else knew on Monday night time when he shared that Italian rival Matteo Berrettini had withdrawn from the Australian Open.

Berrettini suffered an belly pressure throughout his win over Russian Karen Khachanov within the third spherical on Saturday however was in a position to proceed.

By Monday afternoon, nonetheless, he knew he was not match to face Stefanos Tsitsipas – however solely a choose few outdoors his group have been conscious.

The Australian Open confirmed Berrettini’s withdrawal minutes earlier than the beginning of the Rod Laver Enviornment night time session, opened by world No.1 Ash Barty’s conflict with Shelby Rogers.

However Nadal had already introduced that Berrettini was unable to rise up for Monday night time’s fourth-round match, locking in a quarter-final between the Spanish world No.2 and Tsitsipas.

Requested about his subsequent opponent, Nadal hardly hesitated earlier than stepping over the realisation that he had leaked the news.

“Wednesday, towards Tsitsipas, I feel possibly. Is it official? Sorry. They play tonight,” he stated – as you possibly can watch within the video above.

Matteo Berrettini received treatment for his ab strain during his third-round win.
Matteo Berrettini obtained therapy for his ab pressure throughout his third-round win. Credit score: Getty

“Nicely, I don’t know possibly I heard that Berrettini was just a little bit injured however not official in any respect. Sorry for that.

“Uh, however, uh, yep. One thing – effectively, I mess it up. However was not my fault!”

Berrettini, in the meantime, stated he was “actually sorry” to withdraw.

“I felt one thing on my ab. I assumed that wasn’t one thing actually huge, however the subsequent day once I awoke I felt it was huge,” the 24-year-old stated.

Rafael Nadal awkwardly leaked Matteo Berrettini’s injury news.
Rafael Nadal awkwardly leaked Matteo Berrettini’s injury news. Credit score: Aus Open