Rafael Nadal did not gloss over what is looking like a complicated recovery from the left foot injury which with one exception – two early August matches in Washington – has kept him off the court since Roland Garros
The three-month pause which was only briefly interrupted, has left the 35-year-old struggling to overcome a problem which had him on crutches earlier this week.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner gave an update on Wednesday at his Mallorca academy, making no promises or predictions about when he would return while remaining upbeat.
“I’ve been better, but I’m fine. A little sore from the foot,” he told Spanish media. “Things are a bit complicated on a personal and professional level.
“But I’m determined to put myself back in a position to fight for what I want. I am determined to do it.”
The 35-year-old admitted the injury took him by surprise as he was forced to miss Wimbledon and the Olympics.
“It hasn’t followed the script, but you have to adapt and accept things as they come.
“I’ve achieved more than I could have dreamed of but have also had more complicated moments in the form of injuries. I’ve always found a way to come back.”
But the veteran added: “Over the years, one must be realistic, things are more complicated because the clock is ticking.
“I’m positive and appreciate how lucky I am.”
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