Rafael Nadal Ready For Final Push, Admits Right Wrist Still Isn’t 100%
by Tom Gainey | September 27th, 2014, 10:36 am

Rafael Nadal met the media today in Beijing, site of the China Open which begins on Sunday. Nadal, who hasn’t played a match since a stunning Wimbledon fourth round loss to Nick Kyrgios almost three months ago, says his right wrist still is not 100% but it’s doing better.

“I am fine,” said Nadal. “I am much better. The thing is the injury, the evolution of the injury, was a bit slow and took a little bit of time. But that’s it. I just feel the wrist a little bit when I am starting, when I start to play every day, but then it disappears. I’m in good conditions to compete again.”

Nadal, though, is focused on just getting back to playing tennis.

“My motivation is always high. I am coming here to Beijing for a big tournament,” Nadal added. “The best players are here. I try my best always. It’s not because I’m coming back from an injury. This part of the season has always been a little bit difficult for me, and will be for sure even more this year after stopping for three months at the middle of the season. That was really bad news for me.

“But the last part of the season remains. I am going to try to be ready for it. I don’t know in which condition I am going to be in, in terms of tennis, in these two tournaments, but I hope to practise and play as much as possible to be in rhythm again.”

With Novak Djokovic in the event, Nadal will not be the favorite to win in Beijing where he won the 2008 gold medal.

“Novak dominates, you know, almost all the tournaments,” Nadal said. “He’s one of the best players that I ever seen.”

Nadal won’t have much time to work himself into the tournament with a first round match against Richard Gasquet. Rafa will also play in doubles with Pablo Andujar. The Spaniards start with Tomas Berdych and John Isner.

“Beijing is always an important city in my career,” added Nadal. “I know I won in 2005. Last year I played the final here, became No. 1. I feel comfortable here. I like the tournament. I like the city. I feel comfortable here.”

Former US Open winners Marin Cilic and Andy Murray are also in the event along with Tomas Berdych and Ernests Gulbis who are both in Nadal’s half of the draw.

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12 Comments for Rafael Nadal Ready For Final Push, Admits Right Wrist Still Isn’t 100%

Giles Says:

Good luck Champ!
Try your best as you always do.

senorita Says:

The light has been switched on again in tennis, Rafa is back.


Anna Says:

Senorita – how pathetic! As if tennis doesn’t carry on without Rafa………….

Polo Says:

Senorita, is that why you seem to be groping in the dark all this time?

Hippy Chick Says:

I get confused sometimes,am i mistaken as there seems to be two different Annas,ones a Federer fan and the others a Nadal fan?

queen Says:

honestly Anna boring as hell without him

queen Says:

Groping hahaha dummy

Polo Says:

HC, the Anna comment above does not necessarily mean that she is a Federer fan or a Nadal hater. What her comment indicates is that she does not favor blind idolatry, like Senorita’s misconception that Nadal is the end all and be all in tennis. Nadal is a great player but he is not bigger than the game itself.

Okiegal Says:

Federer fans seem to think Federer is bigger than the game itself, imo……so each fan base is guilty and what difference does it make anyway. I love Rafa and his game and Skeezer loves Fed and his game…..it’s all good. Rafa fans are glad to see him back and playing and Fed fans are happy he’s still trudging on at 33….34….and still winning….yeah, I repeat, it’s all good!!

Hippy Chick Says:

Polo yeah true,and i completely agree with everything your saying and Nadals my favorite,but i still enjoyed the tennis even without him,but im still curious about whether or not theres two different Annas that post on this forum?

Humble Rafa Says:

Though my wrist is only 69.73% fine, it is my goal to save tennis. The 2nd line has totally failed. The Humble King has no choice but to come back and restore order.

Starting this week, the Sun will rise again in the East. The rains will come again.

Humble Nation,

Worry Not. Order will be restored in no uncertain terms.

You don’t have to put your trust in lesser mortals who claim I mentally manipulated them while I was recovering.

skeezer Says:

Report; wrist not 100% but playing.
And we all though Rafa doesn’t play unless he is fully fit and 100%.

Am glad HR has come to grip with his ongoing pre emtive strike excuse program, you know….just in case you lose.

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