Nadal says there are always some risks and doubts after injury layoff

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Rafael Nadal secured a comfortable victory over Philipp Kohlschreiber in his first competitive encounter since the Australian Open. (AP)

Rafael Nadal says he did not experience any physical problems in his first match back from injury, but would want more time on court going into a big Davis Cup meeting with Alexander Zverev.

"From the injury I did not feel anything," he told press, speaking in Spanish following his opening win against Phillipp Kohlschreiber in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in Valencia. 

"But there are always some risks when you come back, some doubts... I have been inactive physically because the injury has not allowed me to do much training. The first point I played since Acapulco was here on Monday. This week will be very useful to me.

"Competing was another story -- I was not as good as I was in practice. But winning was sufficient."

It was the Spaniard's first competitive encounter since the Australian Open, where he picked up an upper leg injury that also forced him to withdraw form Acapulco.

Match point from Nadal's win over Kohlschreiber:

While Nadal won a point for the team, David Ferrer fell to Zverev in the other opening singles and Spain dropped the doubles, trailing 2-1 going into the reverse singles. That means Nadal must defeat Zverev to keep Spain in the competition.

Nadal's coach, Carlos Moya, told Spanish press the No. 1 was in good shape for entering the claycourt season he has traditionally dominated during his career. "He's a little less confident, compared to the previous year, because he's a player who thinks he needs a of matches to be good," said Moya. 

"But I think a player of his quality needs less the matches and more to be physically good."

His match against Zverev is highly anticipated, with the young German coming off reaching the title at Miami and expected to provide a better indication of Nadal's level as he returns to tour.

Nadal is next scheduled to play the Monte Carlo Masters.


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