To Rest His Knees, Rafael Nadal Might Not Play Indian Wells
It’s what many of us have suspected since Rafael Nadal returned to tennis earlier this month. Faced with a 3-week Latin Swing, Nadal’s prospects of playing both Indian Wells and Miami next month are a longshot. And today, after winning his first title since the French Open, Nadal admitted that he might not be ready to play Indian Wells.
“Right now I am only focusing on celebrating today’s title,” Nadal said. “I am not in a position to think too far ahead; I need to think day by day, week by week. Let’s see how my knee feels in Acapulco. We will analyse at the end of this clay swing what happened in these last three tournaments and I will see if I am ready to play in Indian Wells.”
The Spaniard has played Indian Wells the last seven years reaching at least the semifinal stage in each, winning in 2007 and 2009. He is also scheduled to play a one-day exhibition on hardcourts at Madison Square Garden just before heading to California.
Earlier today Nadal beat Argentine David Nalbandian 6-2, 6-3 to win the Brasil Open in Sao Paulo, his 51st title of his career. Nadal was down 3-0 in the second set before the former No. 1 reeled off six straight games to close out the 93rd-ranked Nalbandian.
Nadal will enjoy a week off before resuming his comeback in a week in Acapulco.
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