Bengaluru: Spanish World No 14 Feliciano Lopez is hopeful that compatriot Rafael Nadal will be fit by January before the Australian Open starts.
"He has had surgery but is getting better and should be training in December, and hopefully in January, he will be ready to compete again," Lopez told told PTI here.
Lopez said he has had a wonderful relationship with Nadal, but felt sorry he could not play for almost half the year.
"We are very close, good friends and I feel very sorry because he couldn't play for almost half of the year.
We are missing him a lot because he is one of the guys who makes tennis look big and tennis in general needs Rafa," said Lopez.