Very nice indeed. Quite a philosopher. Just read the full Times article and Rafa is clearly still very unsure of how his knee will hold up in AbDab - any serious twinges and he's off, apparently. Lovely guy, but I wonder what the future holds for him.
I read this in the Bleacher Report - and it does not sound good.
Apart from the fact that he's bound to be nervous, how can he focus on his game if his mind is worrying about his knee? I suppose he elected to play in AD because it's an exhibition and therefore not so stressful.Nadal 'prepared to accept' his knee 'may not respond well at the beginning'
MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal says he is nervous about his return to tennis after a seven-month layoff and believes it may be some time before his injured knee is completely healed.
Nadal told Canal Plus television Friday that "I'm prepared to accept that my knee may not respond well at the beginning." He has considered playing off and on during the first three months of 2013.
The 26-year-old Spaniard is set to play in Abu Dhabi on Dec. 27. It will be his first match since he was sidelined with tendinitis in his left knee after a second-round loss to 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon in June.
Nadal says his goal is to be back in top form for Monte Carlo in April.http://bleacherreport.com/tb/d9ctG?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=tennis