'Returning' Nadal admits to being nervous after long lay off due to knee injury
Rafael Nadal has said he is worried how his healed knee would react after he makes his long-awaited comeback in the upcoming exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on December 27 following a seven-month hiatus.
Nadal admitted it might take him some time to return in top form, but added that he trusted his medical staff, Stuff.co.nz reports.
The 26-year-old Spaniard is set to play an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on December 27, his first action since being sidelined with tendinitis in his left knee following a second-round loss to then 100th-ranked Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon in June.
The injury prevented Nadal from defending his Olympic singles gold at the London Games, where he was supposed to be Spain's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.
The 11-times Grand Slam champion also had to pull out of the US Open and Spain's Davis Cup final against the Czech Republic, which his team-mates lost.
The Abu Dhabi tournament features a six-man field that includes top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia and no. 3 Andy Murray of Britain.