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Tennis: Nadal tries new treatment to prolong career

Published on Dec 31, 2013 6:30 AM
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Spain's Rafael Nadal serves the ball to his compatriot David Ferrer during their semi final match on the second day of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi on Dec 27, 2013. Nadal has had new treatment on his troublesome knees which could help him complete a full season on the ATP Tour for the first time since 2011. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP 

DOHA (AFP) - World number one Rafael Nadal has had new treatment on his troublesome knees which could help him complete a full season on the ATP Tour for the first time since 2011.

The 27-year-old Spaniard also believes that it may prolong his career, but admits that the delay in restarting work during the off season has reduced his chances of regaining the Australian Open title in two weeks time.

Although Nadal would not say precisely what had been done to the semi-permanent injuries, he volunteered only that it was "different" and that he is hopeful about a healthier 2014.

Nadal missed all of the second half of 2012 as well as the first Grand Slam of 2013, in Australia, prompting many predictions that he would never be a world-beater again.

 
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