HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014


Tired Nadal ready for national duty
Madrid, September 12, 2013
First Published: 23:54 IST(12/9/2013)
Last Updated: 23:56 IST(12/9/2013)

US Open champ Rafael Nadal has arrived here to help Spain make sure of their presence in the world elite. Over the coming three days, Spain play Ukraine in Madrid’s Caja Magica looking to ensure their continuation in the World Group after a surprising first round exit to Canada in February.

Nadal was not part of that defeat as he put the finishing touches to his recovery from the long term knee injury which had sidelined him since his second round exit in Wimbledon 2012. Now fully fit, he arrived in Madrid to get in some practice on the beaten clay surface. “I have had a change of time zone after two weeks of playing at high intensity and the big thing was for me to keep on moving and to try and get the right feeling back,” he said, adding that he was willing to play singles if needed.

“I am willing to do everything possible to help. If I play on Friday, then its Friday,” he said.

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