"I feel that I can give a good level of tennis, but I can't do my 100 percent". And I am playing well, good tennis.
Nadal indicated his decision was based on wanting to be healthy for the Australian Open on January 14.
Murray, having missed large chunks of 2018 following hip surgery, looked rusty and was beaten 7-5 6-2 in the second round by Daniil Medvedev, while Kyrgios claimed the first set but was sent packing by Jeremy Chardy, 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 6-3.
"I want to feel myself competitive every week that I am on court and I want to keep fighting for the things that really make me feel alive, you know, for the things that motivate me", Nadal told a news conference Tuesday at the Brisbane International.
"But all the recommendations from the doctors ..."
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Forced to withdraw from 18 of his past 19 tournaments on hard courts since 2017, the 32-year-old's only recent hit out came last month at the Mubadala Championship in Abu Dhabi where he made the semifinals.
Nadal's withdrawal means Australian No.1 Alex de Minaur will meet French veteran Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or lucky loser Taro Daniel of Japan in the quarter-finals on Friday. "But my main goal is to stay healthy, stay happy and try to play as long as possible". "But I really believe that I will be 100 percent ready for Melbourne", said the Spaniard. "Last year, in my opinion last year, my situation, my previous situation of the Melbourne tournament was much worse than last year".
"I hope so. That's why I'm here", he said.
He said injuries, "just sometimes happen". There were signs in both matches that he is still bothered by the hip problem which has derailed his last two seasons.
"As I said before, and especially for the tournament, especially for the fans, that this is the second year that they are not going to have the chance to watch me play here". I achieved things that were awesome for me.