Nadal still in pain, but will likely play next week

by: Matt Cronin | January 30, 2013

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Rafael Nadal will attempt to play next week’s tournament in Vina del Mar, Chile, but he is still experiencing some pain in his knee.

Nadal, who has not played since Wimbledon, told sport.es that the pain still won’t allow him to do certain movements, but he is hoping that it will disappear.

“If the knee stops hurting, I do not see why I should not play at a high level on clay," he said.

Nadal is scheduled to play clay-court tournaments in Vina del Mar, Sao Paulo, and Acapulco. Toni Nadal told the publication that Rafa recently beat Spanish player Tommy Robredo in practice match, and added that his nephew is not far off from a good level.

Nadal is planning on playing doubles in Vina del Mar with his friend Juan Monaco, and then in Sao Paulo with another friend, David Nalbandian.

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