After a 7 months hiatus, Rafa’s comeback has been quite successful after reaching the final in Vina del Mar and winning in Sao Paulo and Acapulco. That was on clay. It’s time now to test the hard courts.
“I feel very good. I’ve practised two times here,” said Nadal.
“But seriously, I understand my situation after seven months. I think it’s not the right moment to talk about the knee. I am here to try my best and that’s what I’m going to try. We’ll see how the knee responds on hard. The results on clay were positive, especially because the knee was feeling better and better every week, especially last week. Now I’m going to try here.”
About missing the Olympics
“The hardest one was the first one, the Olympics. When I had the decision, I had to take it. I didn’t have another choice,” Nadal said.
“It was a tough decision. I didn’t get to [carry] the flag in the ceremony, representing all the sports and competitors. It was a sad moment for me. These kinds of opportunities aren’t forever. There may only be one in a lifetime. I lost that opportunity. But all I can do is be positive, keep working and try to be in Rio in 2016.”
Indian Wells draw
Seeded no.5, Rafa is in the same quarter of Roger Federer. The king of clay will play either Soeda or Ryan Harrison in his opener.