There is good news for Rafael Nadalís fans that the Spaniard might get back on the tennis courts in a monthís time from now. Spanish Tennis Federationís doctor Ruiz-Cotorro has said that the world number three could be fit to start training after strong physiotherapy on his knees in the following month.
Cotorro also stated that surgery is not an option in any case. During a press conference in Barcelona, the doctor said, "We have completely ruled out surgery. During the next month we´ll be doing training with a lot of physiotherapy combined with hydrotherapy and laser and we´ll see how he progresses." Nadal has not played a single match for almost two months now.
His second round loss in Wimbledon at the hands of Czech Republicís Rosol is the last match he has played. The Spaniard withdrew from the London Olympics, two Masters Series events and the ongoing US Open. The former world number one announced last week that he would be unable to make a comeback before two monthís time, meaning that he would also be staying away from this monthís Spain versus USA Davis Cup semi-final tie.
Ruiz-Cotorro went on to say that Nadal would be able to start practice but his teamís main goal is to take the strength of his knee to the same old level. The Spaniard added, "We believe that within two months the tendon will be in what we consider a normal state.
In a month´s time, if the tests and his progress are positive, he can get back to work on the court. But that´s not the main goal, that is for the tendon to recover with the same strength it had." Before this announcement, there were rumors that Nadal might skip rest of the season to fully recover from the injury.
It is pertinent to know that Great Britainís Andy Murray would replace Nadal as the third highest ranked player in the world if he reaches the semi-finals at the US Open. Nadal was runners up at last yearís US Open, so he would lose 1200 ranking points due to non participation in the event..