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Nadal’s battered knee to be tested

Rafael Nadal’s painful right knee will be tested on centre court on Wednesday when he meets German Tommy Haas in the second round of the Australian Open tennis.

sports Updated: Jan 18, 2012 00:04 IST

Rafael Nadal’s painful right knee will be tested on centre court on Wednesday when he meets German Tommy Haas in the second round of the Australian Open tennis.

The second-seeded Spaniard, who has been plagued with knee problems in recent years, said he had suffered a scare before the tournament began on Monday when he felt “unbelievable” pain in his right knee just from sitting in a chair.

The 10-times grand-slam winner, who has been hampered by injury in the last two Australian Opens and been knocked out in the quarter-finals both times, got treatment for his latest problem and easily advanced to his second-round clash with Haas.

The 33-year-old Haas last met Nadal at Melbourne Park in 2009, when the Spaniard was on his way to claiming his first, and so far only, Australian Open title. Men’s third seed Roger Federer will look to continue on his path to a potential semi-final meeting with his great rival when he plays Andreas Beck.