Nadal Eager to Return, Though Gingerly

Nadal Eager to Return, Though Gingerly

Rafael Nadal, the former world No 1, has been around the block often enough that he does not need a translator to be understood. Not that what he said over the weekend was vague or required much interpretation.

Nadal, sidelined for six months with a tendon issue in his left knee, was effusive two weeks ago in describing his excitement at getting back on the competitive court, starting on Friday, Day 2 at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship at Zayed Sports City.

"Can't wait to get back on court in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month," he said via Twitter.

However, over the weekend, the two-time Abu Dhabi champion made it clear that fans hungering for a glimpse of him in superstar form should not expect him to play like the conquistador of old.

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