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ABU DHABI: Rafael Nadal returns to competitors in Abu Dhabi on Friday together with his expectations low after a prolonged harm absence however hopes excessive of lining up in subsequent month’s Australian Open.
The 20-time main champion has struggled with a foot harm for the previous six months — forcing him to overlook each Wimbledon and the US Open.
His first occasion in 4 months is the Mubadala World Tennis Championship exhibition the place the Spaniard will face one other former world primary Andy Murray or Dan Evans on Friday.
Nadal is assured to get two matches below his belt within the UAE capital, which can assist him assess the progress he has made with regard to his foot.
“It isn’t about ache. Ache I had a variety of instances in my profession, nearly on a regular basis. It is extra about having the possibility to have a ache that I can handle to compete nicely,” Nadal instructed reporters in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
“Let’s examine, I have to strive it in competitors.
“I do know the comeback won’t be straightforward, I haven’t got massive expectations now.
“However the early expectation is to be right here, to play in entrance of an excellent crowd once more, to really feel myself competing once more towards nice gamers after which get pleasure from.
“I actually hope that the foot goes to get higher and higher to be once more on the means and the extent I need to be.”
Nadal defined that it has been a “robust interval” for him however he’s no stranger to accidents and prolonged breaks from competitors and insists he nonetheless has the fireplace to attain extra within the sport.
Regardless of skipping out on nearly half the season, he completed 2021 ranked No.6 on the planet after choosing up two titles in Barcelona and Rome and making the semi-finals at Roland Garros and the quarters on the Australian Open.
With the 2022 Australian Open simply over 4 weeks away, Nadal is eager to check his foot in Abu Dhabi and work in direction of making the journey Down Below in wholesome situations.
“You by no means know actually,” he says when requested about his expectations for Melbourne.
“In sport, my expertise says that issues change very fast. What in the present day appears unimaginable or nearly unimaginable, no one is aware of what can occur in a single month.
Nadal has been practising arduous again house in Mallorca and has made a brand new addition to his teaching workers within the type of his good good friend Marc Lopez, who gained 2016 Olympic gold with him in doubles in Rio.
“I’ve been doing an excellent job at house, practising nicely with the best perspective, depth, working rather a lot on my health, so if I can do all these sort of issues as a result of the foot permits me, you by no means know what is going on on,” stated the 35-year-old.
“I do know it will be tremendous troublesome for me.
“If issues are going nicely, I’ll be enjoying just one match earlier than Australia and these two matches right here, so the quantity of hours on court docket on the aggressive stage earlier than such a tricky and demanding match like Australia will likely be not a lot.
“However the principle factor continues to be all the time the identical, to be wholesome. If I am wholesome, I nonetheless have the inside fireplace to maintain going and to combat for my targets.”

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