Rafael Nadal: I'm facing difficult and painful process but I'm ready for it

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Rafael Nadal: I'm facing difficult and painful process but I'm ready for it

Former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal knows that a hard task is ahead of him but he is willing to do everything he can to put himself in a position for a successful comeback. After losing in the French Open semifinal, Nadal took a two-month break to focus on recovering from his foot injury.

Nadal returned to action at the Citi Open in Washington, where he was evidently hampered by a foot issue. Nadal realized there was no point in continuing the season and he decided to put an end to his year. "I have the goal of improving and facing a process that is going to be difficult, painful at some point, but I have to do it to fight for what I want.

And I am determined to do it,'' Nadal said.

Nadal has been hampered by a foot issue for quite some time

"After coming back from Toronto, I took a couple of days to think about it. I needed to talk with my family, with my team and with my doctors especially to understand what is going on.

But the foot is not the proper way today," Nadal said. "During the past year I was not practising and preparing myself the way that I need to to be competitive at the standards that I want to be, so we had to take that decision.

But I am confident that I will recover 100 per cent and I will be able to fight again for the most important things. "The injury is nothing new. It is the same injury that I have had since 2005. In that moment, the doctors were very negative about my future career, but I was able to have a career that I never dreamed about.

So I am confident that I will recover again the foot and if the foot is better, I am confident that my tennis and my mentality will be there again soon."