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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Mexican Open

World number two Rafael Nadal has pulled out of the Mexican Open following a right hip injury.

The sixteen-time grand slam champion was slated to face fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the opening round of the tournament on Wednesday.

The same injury also forced Nadal to withdraw from the Australian Open.

“Tough one, of course.

At the last practice on Tuesday I felt something… I went to the hospital this morning to check it, to do an MRI and I still have some liquid there, so I need to keep doing tests to know what exactly is going on,” Nadal was quoted, as saying by ATP.

He added, “The spot is really similar to Australia, so I need to be sure about what’s going on the next couple of days, and then we’re going to work hard to try to recover as soon as possible.”

Nadal has not played a match since retiring from a match in Melbourne on January 23.

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