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Rafa Nadal: “I have the illusion to return as soon as possible, but well; Abu Dhabi is a test”

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01/12/2021

11:44

Rafael Nadal, who has not played an official game since losing in the second round of the Washington 500 Open to Lloyd Harris in early August, is still recovering from his left foot injury.

The player, who was awarded yesterday by Cadena Copa in the Balearic Islands, spoke about how he is physically when there is little more than a month left until the tour of the antipodes begins.

I have the illusion of returning as soon as possible, but fine. I am doing everything they tell me. I am in that process. Obviously things are going better than they were, otherwise I wouldn’t consider going to Abu Dhabi. What will happen later I don’t know. Abu Dhabi for me is a test and I am excited to be there, “explained the champion of 20 majors.

It should be remembered that Rafa is exempt from the quarterfinals of the tournament and awaits the winner of the match between Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem in the semifinals. Of the level with which he can return after such a long break, the tennis player explains that “you don’t know until you play.”

On the elimination of Spain in the group stage of the Davis Cup against Russia, Rafa thinks that “Feli played a great game. It got away from us due to bad luck. The numbers have not been on our side. It’s a shame, but this year the situation was difficult“.

Low in the ATP Cup and doubt in the Australian Open

As MARCA announced yesterday, Nadal will not be with Spain in the third edition of the ATP Cup that begins on January 1 in Sydney. The manacor still does not know if it will be in a position to travel to the antipodes to play the Australian Open, the first ‘Grand Slam’ on the calendar, to be held in Melbourne from January 17 to 30.

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