Knee pain is still a bother, admits Rafael Nadal

Jan 31, 2013, 02:04 IST | AFP

Rafael Nadal is looking forward to returning to action in the first clay-court tournament of the year in Chile next week, but the Spaniard admits that his injured knee is still a source of some pain.

After missing seven months due to injury and then being forced to sit out the Australian Open due to a stomach virus, Nadal will take part in the ATP event in Vina del Mar as a wildcard.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

The 26-year-old told reporters after a training session in his native Mallorca that he is excited at the prospect of returning to top-level tennis, but nagging doubts over his knee persist. ā€œIā€™m looking forward to competing again and taking part in a top-level tournament.

ā€œI hope the knee responds well and that it tolerates the demands of professional competition. There are still days when it bothers me but it is evident that I will need time before the knee is used to top-level competition again,ā€ added Nadal, whose second-round encounter is scheduled February 6.

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