It’s been over two months since we last saw Rafael Nadal play a competitive tennis match after suffering a hip injury at the Australian Open. That should change tomorrow as the current World No. 1 returns as him Spanish team hosts Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Valencia.
Nadal will open play against Philipp Kohlschreiber, then, if necessary, face Alexander Zverev on Sunday.
“I was not very good in mathematics at school,” Nadal said of his health. “So I don’t know about percentages, but I am here to play, and to play as well as possible.”
“From the beginning, my idea was to be here, but we have to be respectful with the injury. He [Spanish captain Sergi Bruguera] believes I am ready, and I believe too.”
Nadal has won his last 22 Davis Cup matches. If he wins tomorrow, he will set the record for most consecutive Davis Cup match wins at 23, ahead of Wayne Ferreira and Owen Casey. He hasn’t lost since the doubles rubber in Spain’s 3-2 victory against Italy in the 2005 World Group playoffs.
David Ferrer, who replaced the injured Pablo Carreno Busta, is also on the squad.
Nadal is scheduled to then play Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Madrid and Rome in his French Open preparation.
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