Former world number one Rafael Nadal is working quite hard to regain fitness and get into shape to restart playing competitive tennis.
The King of Clay has been sidelined from the ATP World Tour for almost two and a half months now. The Spaniard has not played a single match since getting stunned at the hands of Lukas Rosol of Czech Republic in the second round of this year’s Wimbledon.
Nadal is working out a lot on different parts of his body in the gym to meet the fitness level which is required for playing tennis at the top level.
The Spanish number one posted on his facebook that, “Just finishing a hard session in the gym this afternoon. I'm working really hard to be ready as soon as possible.”
Nadal is not like all the other top players on the ATP World Tour including Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. The Spaniard grinds his body a lot as his style of play is too physical. He pushes himself to the maximum level at every point. Djokovic’s playing style is closest to Nadal’s from physicality point of view but still his level is not the same.
The Spaniard’s body is also prone to injuries. He has been suffering from physical troubles since the days of his junior career. Nadal was forced to skip 2004 French Open due to a foot injury. Then he withdrew from defending his Wimbledon title due to the same knee injury in 2009. The 26-year-old has missed London Olympics, two Masters Series events and the US Open so far because of this present injury.
However, Nadal is not only a fighter on the court but also off the court. His fans know that he will bounce back in style like he did in 2010, when he won three Grand Slams and had one of the best seasons by any player in the history of the sport. The Spaniard did all that after coming back from injury hit 2009.
Nadal has already pulled out from this week’s Davis Cup semi-finals. He is now expected to make a comeback a couple of weeks before the season ending championships.