Apparently it was reported on the US's Tennis Channel last night that Nadal didn't turn up for practice yesterday afternoon ...
Well he has been complaining about a knee problem that he's had all tournament, although nobody knew about it until he suddenly felt he needed it massaged when 5-4 up against Nishikori, with Nishi about to serve to stay in the set.
And Rafa is doing his reverse psychology bit trying to make himself the underdog: 'Playing Andy is always a pleasure. Playing against an exciting player like him pushes you to the limit on everything. The negative thing is that I have to recover well. I have to improve my knee if I want to have any chance of winning. If not, it's going to be almost impossible'.
Hmm - much as I like Rafa methinks he's either trying to lull Andy into a false sense of security[which of course he won't] or he's getting his excuses in first. The fact he didn't turn up for practice is surely significant as from what I understand it's completely out of character.