Rafael Nadal Nadal says he has 'recovered' from the injury he picked up at Indian Wells, but considers himself far from prepared for competition.
Nadal had a stunning start to the season, winning the Melbourne Summer Set, the Australian Open and Acapulco before suffering a cracked rib in the semi-finals of Indian Wells.
That injury has kept him on the shelf for six weeks as his beloved clay season started without him.
He is making his return at the Madrid Masters next week after declaring himself fit, although he was warned fans not to expect his best tennis for a while.
“Talking about the injury, I’m recovered, I feel good," Rafael Nadal told reporters in Madrid. "Talking about my tennis game and preparations, well, it’s a completely different story.
“Anyone who has broken a rib knows how limiting it is, very painful, especially the first weeks.
"I wasn’t able to do anything without a lot of difficulties, even to fall asleep because of the pain.
“I have improved compared to when I came here but I still have up and downs because it’s been a long time without being in these kind of situations and it’s going to be a difficult week, for sure.”
Nadal will be hoping to be at his peak for Roland Garros, where he will be the favourite to win what would be a 22nd Grand Slam title.
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