Toni Nadal, the uncle and coach of Rafael, tells the Chilean publication La Estrella that his nephew has been experiencing some knee pain in his first tournament back in seven months at Viña del Mar, but that things are improving. Rafael Nadal has reached the final there, where he will face Argentine Horacio Zeballos tonight.
“Every day [the pain] diminished,” Toni Nadal said. “It’s what we were expecting, then we will see with what the [increased] intensity and workload will put on it.”
Rafael Nadal is scheduled to play next week’s tournament in Sao Paolo, then take a week off, and then compete in Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami before the seven-time Roland Garros champion heads back to Europe for the clay court season.
“As of today we are far from the level of other years, but I trust that before long he will be better and start the [clay court] season strong in Europe," Toni Nadal said.