Speaking in Doha yesterday, top seed David Ferrer commented on the status of good friend and countryman Rafael Nadal confirming that his knees were in good health but it was in fact a stomach virus that has curtailed his return.
“I spoke with him few days ago,” Ferrer said. “He was sick with virus, and he prefer to stop. And he will come back in South America. But the good news is because him, he doesn’t have pain in the knees. So that’s the most important.
“Rafa is a very good friend for me and very important for the tennis tour. Of course all the tennis players, we miss him because he’s very important.”
The 30-year-old also said that despite his recent setbacks, Ferrer thinks Nadal can return to No. 1.
“He can do it because he’s a very good player. He’s a special player,” Ferrer said. “Rafael, he’s very competitive, he’s a winner, and he’s young also. I have confidence with him that when he’s coming back he will play good. Maybe not in the first tournaments because they had a lot of times tough, but he’s coming. I am sure he coming back No. 2 or No. 1 in the world.”
After one his best seasons, Ferrer is still seeking a first Grand Slam, but he acknowledges it will be very tough.
“I know it’s very difficult in these moments, because they are top 4, they are very good players and Nadal is coming back soon,” he said. “So every year is more difficult because I am older.
“Maybe my goal is to be top 10. That’s my goal.”
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