Rafael Nadal is back on the hardcourts in preparation of the upcoming summer hardcourt season at his home in Manacor. The Spaniard who was stunned on the opening day of Wimbledon by Steve Darcis, says he’s still working daily to get better and to get his troubled knee in better condition for the second half of the year.
In his loss to Darcis, Nadal appeared to hurt the knee again but Uncle Toni says his star nephew is in good health.
Nadal, who has reached the finals of nine of 10 events he’s played this year winning seven including the French Open, will return on August 5 in Montreal, a tournament he won in 2005. He’ll then play in Cincinnati the week after followed by US Open.
He also said he hopes to be available for Spain’s Davis Cup playoff against the Ukraine in mid September.
Nadal is ranked No. 4 this week but is No. 1 in the ATP 2013 points only standings, about 800 points ahead of No. 2 Novak Djokovic.
Rafa won his last hardcourt tournament at Indian Wells, breaking a lengthy drought since his last win on cement (2010 Tokyo). He missed the last half of 2012 to rehab his left knee.
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