The Straits Times
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Published on Dec 04, 2012
 

Nadal eyes clay season for return to top form

 
 

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.