Nadal: 'You Have to Start Somewhere'

Eliseo Fernandez/Reuters

You can say this for Rafael Nadal: he is certainly not hiding from it.

With the eyes of the tennis world upon him, the 11-time grand slam winner, on the shelf for seven months with an increasingly fretful tendon issue in his left knee, stepped off a plane in Chile this week and laid out the hard facts for all to digest.

"My knee is much better, and this is the most important thing now because there's no risk of a big injury," he said as he arrived at the airport for his first event since his shock second-round defeat at Wimbledon last June.

"But it is still bothering me, and it will keep me from playing all the time,...

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