Thursday, November 22, 2012

Nadal returns to training

Rafael Nadal has hit the comeback trail as he bids to return to competitive action in time for the Australian Open in January.
The Spaniard has returned to the practice court for the first in more than five months, completing a session under the watchful eye of coach Toni Nadal at an indoor facility in his hometown of Manacor.
The 26-year-old last appeared at Wimbledon in June, when he fell to a stunning second-round defeat by Lukas Rosol, ranked 100 in the world at the time.
Nadal, who won a record seventh French Open title in June, has been dogged by knee problems during his 11-year career. Tendonitis caused him to miss much of the 2009 season, before he suffered a partial tear of the patellar tendon this summer.
The 11-time Grand Slam champion is optimistic about his chances of a full recovery from his latest setback.
"Hi all, today my first tennis practice after all these weeks. Getting better and hope to continue with the positive trend," Nadal told sport news reporters.
Nadal missed the chance to defend his Olympic crown at the London Games and was ruled out of the US Open, which he won in 2010 before losing to Novak Djokovic in the 2011 final.

He was also absent from the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals and Spain's Davis Cup final loss to the Czech Republic last weekend.
Nadal remains in the top four of men's tennis, such is his contribution to the circuit, which missed his competitive edge during the second half of the season.
Djokovic, Roger Federer and Andy Murray are fine players, but punters who bet on sports know that  tennis needs a fit and firing Nadal. 

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