Rafael Nadal can't come back at 50 percent, says coach Carlos Moya

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Rafael Nadal can't come back at 50 percent, says coach Carlos Moya

Rafael Nadal's coach Carlos Moya said the Spanish player is not targeting a specific return date to the ATP Tour yet, but they are hopeful to compete again before the 2018 season ends. Speaking to reporters ahead of the Legends Cup in Mallorca, Moya said Nadal will be back only when he will be fully healthy recovered from the knee injury that forced him to retire from his US Open semifinals match against Juan Martin del Potro.

'He cannot comeback at 50 percent', Moya said. 'He is Rafael Nadal and when he gets back to the courts he needs to be prepared to fight and win the title. He is going through a difficult moment. We started training, with much calm, without having a clear comeback goal.

The idea is to compete in Paris Bercy and then ATP Finals because Rafael is very excited to end the year as number one and win the Finals, but the body is the priority and we do not want to make any craziness.' About Novak Djokovic triumphing on the biggest stage again, Moya added: 'He took a little of time to comeback, but he made it.

We expected it, the doubt was to know when it would happen. In the big tournaments, you cannot put him aside. (Roger) Federer is back at a high level, Rafael is in his time as well and Djokovic is a player that is at the same level.

We knew that he would be back and he is back.' ALSO READ: Novak Djokovic's father: 'Roger Federer is a great champion but little man'