After an injury-riddled end to 2018, Rafael Nadal is hopeful for good start to the new season.
The 32-year-old who didn’t play after the US Open due to an ab injury and his knee, is in Abu Dhabi this weekend playing the lucrative Middle East exo. And he spoke about his
“I am not making steps back, just steps forward all the time, taking care of my body after a while without having a chance to be on court and trying to do things slowly,” Nadal told the press.
“It’s important for me to protect the body and to avoid tough circumstances,” he added. “I know I have time to be ready for Melbourne at 100 per cent.”
In his opening match at the exo, Nadal fell to Kevin Anderson 46, 63, 64. And then later today opted to not play in the third place match against Dominic Thiem.
“I spent more time on court than what I thought,” Nadal told Sport360.com. “It’s not the moment for me to make a step back, it’s the moment to make a step forward… I suffered a lot in terms of injury. I don’t want to suffer more.
“When you are out since long time ago, I had the surgery a little over a month ago, it’s normal that I have some pains. Being honest, I’m satisfied the way I was playing tennis. I am more or less satisfied with how the body held.”
Nadal will officially return to ATP tennis action next week in Brisbane where he will await either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or a qualifier.
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