Rafael Nadal: 'I didn't know that I was back as the world no. 1'

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Rafael Nadal: 'I didn't know that I was back as the world no. 1'

Rafael Nadal is leading the Spanish squad against Germany in their upcoming Davis Cup quarter-final tie. Nadal wants to give his best as he makes preparation to make a comeback after a hip injury stopped him from playing three tournaments (Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami).

In an interview with Tennis World Spanish, Nadal commented on how he didn't know that he had taken over as the world no. 1 from Roger Federer this week. 'To be honest, I didn't know that I was back as the world no.

1. Last year, I was excited to end the year as the world no. 1,' he noted. However, becoming the world no. 1 is just the first step in his re-starting of the season. Speaking to Onda Cero, Nadal said, ´Now I only hope that my body answers well because since Shanghai I have had five complicated months.

When I had recovered from the knee, in Australia [I was affected by the] Psoas lesion and I cried because of the frustration, as well as in Acapulco. I am very willing to play again and I am here to try to do it. I don´t know if I will play on Friday, let´s see how the week goes.´ About his injuries in his career, Nadal added: ´I would have played a few Slams less for suffering less pain. Over the course of my career, I have missed more tournaments than my rivals.

Injuries are a reality for a sportsman, but they mean missing tournaments that will never come back.´ About his future: ´My dream is to be happy, healthy and be with the people I love. Then, play tennis as long as possibleALSO READ: Roger Federer holds a special record ahead of Novak Djokovic