Rafael Nadal has admitted that he was not sure when he would return to action after Frances Tiafoe condemned him to his earliest US Open exit, since 2016.
Four-time US champion Nadal, bidding for a 23rd Grand Slam title, lost 6-4, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the last-16 to 26th-ranked Tiafoe.
The defeat ended a run of 16 successive Slams where the Spaniard had made at least the quarterfinals.
“I need to go back. I need to fix things. I don’t know when I going to come back,” Nadal told a press conference.
“I going to try to be ready mentally. When I feel that I will be ready to compete again, I will be there.”
Nadal has endured a rollercoaster year. – AFP