Rafael Nadal addressed the throngs of media at the Vina Del Mar event earlier today. The Spaniard, who is making his first trip to Chile, discussed his expectations and health for his upcoming 3-event tour of South America this month.
“I need weeks of working the circuit. This is my first week and I don’t think the goals are the same that the ones I will have in two more months,” Nadal said. “I have to take it slowly and be humble to know that things won’t be as good as they were before my injury. I need to be patient.”
Rafa has been sidelined since Wimbledon because of a bad left knee. And he’s seen his ranking slip to now No. 5.
“If my knee doesn’t hurt I have no fear. I’ve had had more serious injuries in the past and I got stronger after them,” he said. “This is the injury that has sidelined me the longest so maybe it will take me a bit longer to get back my confidence, the good feeling on court, but if my knee doesn’t hurt I don’t see why I couldn’t get back my movements and game style.”
Nadal is the top seed in the draw. He’s scheduled to play the winner of Guido Pella or a qualifier Wednesday night. He’ll play doubles Tuesday night with friend Juan Monaco.
Monaco is seeded second followed by Jeremy Chardy and Pablo Andujar.
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