During a news conference Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, Rafael Nadal admitted that after an injury-riddled 2014, he’ll begin the new season on a cautious note.
“I know I am not going to arrive here and play a really high level of tennis,” Nadal told the Gulf News. “Injuries have been a part of my career, so I have to start off cautiously and the first two weeks of the season will help me to regain the physical and tennis feel, and the rhythm, needed on court.”
“From the Australian Open, going through the South American swing and heading into Roland Garros is the hardest part of the season for me, and that’s where I need to be at 100%,” he added.
Nadal suffered through a bad back during the Australian Open final, then injured his right wrist last summer before undergoing an appendectomy this past November.
Nadal will play Andy Murray tomorrow in Abu Dhabi. Next week he’s scheduled to join Novak Djokovic in Doha.
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