Following a consolation win yesterday over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Abu Dhabi exhibition, Rafael Nadal admitted that his oft-injured left knee is not 100% healthy. At least not right now but the World No. 1 hopes to be in perfect shape by Melbourne.
“I had treatment on the knee to keep it improving,” Nadal told the National. “When I started two weeks ago it was very slow and the first week I was playing without movement. Last week I started to move myself. I’m not 100 per cent but it’s great I came here, playing my first set in one month.
“The period between seasons is not big. So during Abu Dhabi and Doha, I will continue practices and doing my warm-ups for the match more than what I would usually do. The period of practice in Mallorca was not enough so I need to keep preparing myself in these two events. I feel like I need to work on that extra thing to be 100 per cent ready in a few weeks.”
Nadal’s off season rest was shortened by a trip last month to South America where he reportedly picked up $10 million in exhibition appearance fees. Nadal then returned this past week for Abu Dhabi. He’ll now play in Doha next week before the Australian Open in two weeks.
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