A leg injury could force Rafael Nadal to skip the next ATP tournament in Dubai, but the top-ranked Spaniard said Monday he should be back in time to play for Spain next month in the first round of the Davis Cup. Nadal received treatment on his right leg Sunday in the final of the ABN Amro in Rotterdam, which he lost to Andy Murray. Although many believed the injury to be linked with the right knee injury that forced him to skip last year’s Davis Cup final, Nadal said otherwise.
“It’s not the knee, so there’s no worry about that,” Nadal said at a sponsors event. “I’m sure I will recover quickly. It’s nothing similar to last year. It’s a lot less worrisome, let’s hope.”
Nadal said he would play for defending champion Spain against Serbia in the Davis Cup from March 6-8, but couldn’t confirm he would participate in the Dubai Tennis Championships, which start next Monday.
Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, the Spain team doctor, said Nadal had strained a ligament below the knee against Murray but that the injury was not severe and that he should recover quickly.
“It’s a result of a combination of things, from fatigue to the change of playing surface,” Ruiz-Cotorro said. “There are few tennis players who don’t go out onto the court without some kind of nag, or problem.”
Let’s all wish him a good recovery and hope to see him on courts soon again!