Rafael Nadal recovers from injury

Nadal looking forward to Aussie Open preparation.

Sony Ericsson Open - Day 8
Rafael Nadal

French Open title winner Rafael Nadal is aiming to be fit for the Australian Open, starts in January next year. He will return to training on December 1 and insists that he will give his 100 per cent for the Australian Open. The former world no. one missed the current season of Tennis due to appendicitis problem and also has not won a single tournament since the French Open in June.

That’s my goal,” he said. “In 10-12 days I start practising again, so I will have the whole month of December to get my tennis and body at the right level at the beginning of January. And if that happens, I really feel that I can come back strong. I will be competitive in every tournament I play next year.”

Statistically, the 2014 season has been one of the worst season of Nadal’s career. His win record of 81 per cent is his lowest since 2004, when he was still ranked outside the world’s top 50.

I’m very excited and I hope this year, from a health perspective, will allow me to compete the whole time and to feel good,” added Nadal.

In a promotional event he told reporters,“As ever after a period when things haven’t gone well, you’re a bit more eager to (prepare) well, although there is uncertainty about how things will go,”

“I’ll have a month before things start in Australia, I hope and believe that’s enough to get me to my best level.”

Nadal played his last Match at Basel in October before booking himself with the injury.

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