Nadal can feel an improvement

October 11, 2012

ATP Tennis News

By Lisa-Marie Burrows

Nadal has not got a confirmed date as to when he will return on the ATP Tour.

Rafael Nadal has revealed that he can see some improvements with the condition of his knee.

It has been four months since we last saw Rafael Nadal on the competitive courts of the ATP Tour and for many, it is four months too long. Many have been concerned about his future in tennis and look forward to the return of the Spanish No.1, but for his many fans around the world, there has been some good news which the 7-time Roland Garros champion chose to share – he can feel an improvement.  

With continued rehabilitation for Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard has added swimming as part of the therapy and said he was encouraged by his progress and is hoping to resume training as soon as possible. He has not ruled out playing the ATP Finals in London and the Davis Cup final but added that a return so quickly will be very difficult.

Rafa said on Tuesday:

“I do not want to target a specific tournament but I go on day after day. I go every day to the gym and in the pool. I’m not trying to look too far ahead.”

After deciding not to resort to surgery, Nadal felt a little discouraged by his rehabilitation at first.

“Now that I’m past a few months it’s a bit better. It was very difficult because I did not see any improvement on that part of the knee, but now something has changed. In recent weeks, however, the improvement has been tangible. “

Due to the long absence from the circuit, the Spaniard also said that he needs a lot of training before returning to competition, time that can vary from a few weeks to a month and a half.

During this extremely negative period that the Spaniard is feeling and especially due to the forced distance from the courts, Rafa added one last comment:

“This is sport and this is the negative part of our lives.”

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About Lisa-Marie Burrows

Lisa-Marie Burrows has a MA in Sports Broadcast Journalism and is a freelance sports journalist. She has covered many national and international tennis tournaments and has worked in Paris for Eurosport News channel. She is a member of the International Press Association and a journalist for its online magazine, IMPress. She has contributed articles for various leading websites including,,, and Lisa-Marie operates her tennis website where you can read her reports. She can be reached at or on Twitter @TennisNewsViews.

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