Ahead of his first official match of 2014, Rafael Nadal met the press yesterday in Doha where the World No. 1 discussed his off season and a new treatment on his ailing knees.
“I started (training only) two weeks ago – two weeks and a half,” Nadal the Peninsula. “And (in) the first week, I didn’t move myself, just practicing from the middle. So realistically speaking, I was playing for one week.”
He then revealed a new treatment that he hopes will solve his ever-present knee issues and cut down on his use of anti-inflammatories.
“I really felt that this one (new treatment) really makes me feel more comfortable because I don”t have pain like I had (previously),” Nadal said. “So even if I was able to play very well this year, you know, that I played a lot of days with anti‑inflammatories. But anyway, I was able to compete very well during the full season since I started (the treatment). That was my goal and idea so I am very happy about everything.
“It is true that with that last treatment I feel more comfortable on my knee during the rest of the day. I feel that I can do much more in normal life than what I did last year and a half, because at the end I was playing tennis, but for the rest, I just relaxed.”
Nadal, who won his doubles first round, opens his 2014 single season today against Lukas Rosol.
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