Rafael Nadal confirms Madrid Masters injury return despite 'difficulty' before French Open

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Rafael Nadal confirms Madrid Masters injury return despite 'difficulty' before French Open

Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will be making his comeback in Madrid after injuring himself in Indian Wells. The world No 4 has been out for al

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Rafael Nadal has confirmed that he will be making his comeback in Madrid after injuring himself in Indian Wells. The world No 4 has been out for almost six weeks after suffering a stress fracture in his rib but will now return at next week’s Masters 1000 event with the French Open looming.

Nadal confirmed he would be sidelined for four to six weeks after fracturing his rib during his Indian Wells semi-final, and has now announced that he will be back in action at next week’s Madrid Masters. But the Spaniard doesn’t appear to be completely in the clear, as he admitted he had arrived before he was fully prepared to compete again.

“Despite arriving just before preparation and being difficult, I really want to play and play at home since the opportunities are few,” he tweeted on Tuesday. “To try to do it in the best possible way. See you in Madrid.”

It comes after his uncle and former coach Toni Nadal admitted that the 21-time Major champion was planning to travel to Madrid and decide whether he would compete based on his form and fitness. The five-time champion in Madrid only returned to a tennis court for the first time in four weeks last Monday, and is already set to compete again.

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Weighing up the best option for Nadal, the retired former world No 2 continued: “And what’s the best preparation for Paris? Two tournaments including that one in Madrid or skip and practice and get ready in Rome to see how it goes? And then Paris – only time will tell that. But it’s going to be a very tricky decision because skipping Madrid would be a pity for him, but at the same time we know how risky Madrid is from a professional point of view.”

Nadal will also have some tough competition in his first tournament back, with world No 1 Novak Djokovic back to playing a regular schedule after his unvaccinated status kept him out of the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami. Andy Murray will also be in action after taking a wildcard to get some competitive matches in before the grass-court season.



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