However, he crashed out in the quarter-finals with a straight sets defeat to compatriot David Ferrer.
Subsequent tests revealed Nadal had ruptured the adductor longus muscle in his right* thigh during the course of the clash with Ferrer.
Nadal, who was looking to add to last year's victories at the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, was clearly severely hampered by the problem during the emphatic loss.
However, a statement on Nadal's official website revealed the 24-year-old's absence should only be a short one and he is expected to be fully fit for his next scheduled event, Spain's Davis Cup clash with Belgium at the start of March.
* Please note that the injury is to his left leg, not right as quoted