The news of Novak Djokovic's absence from the US Open was deemed to be Very Sad by Rafael Nadal.

The winner of Wimbledon will miss his second grand slam of the year.

due to his ongoing unwillingness to have a COVID-19 vaccination

After ultimately giving up hope that the US Government would loosen restrictions in time, Djokovic waited to withdraw until right before the draw on Thursday.

The Serbin's absence strengthens Nadal's hope of adding a 23rd grand slam title to his collection.

which would again see him move two clear of Djokovic in the all time standings.

The Spaniard would rather his rival was in New York, saying From my Personal Prespective, It is very sad news.

I believe it's difficult for the players as well, as we want to have the best field possible.