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Nadal eyes clay season for return to top form

Published on Dec 4, 2012 6:29 AM
 
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal practices during the opening of the 100th playground of the Richard Krajicek Foundation in Rotterdam on Nov 28, 2012. Nadal is aiming to be back to his best after injury in time for the claycourt season. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal is aiming to be back to his best after injury in time for the claycourt season and the run-up to Roland Garros, the Spaniard said on Monday.

The 26-year-old former world No. 1 has slipped down to fourth in the ATP rankings and has not played since his shock second-round exit at Wimbledon in June.

The Spaniard was diagnosed with a partial tear of the patella tendon and inflammation of the left knee, only returning to hitting balls on a practice court two weeks ago.

"My recovery is going well and the doctors are pleased," Nadal told Spanish radio.

 
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