In an interview to Diario Vasco, Rafael Nadal's uncle and former coach Toni Nadal gave some updates on the 32-year-old's recovery from a foot surgery. Nadal is set to be back to compete next month in Abu Dhabi, then Brisbane and Australian Open.
'Rafael took the decision to undergo surgery for a problem he suffered in a training session and the doctor of the Federation suggested him to do it', explained Toni. 'I spoke to him and he plans to start training on December 4 or 5.
He will have more than one month to come to the Australian Open in a good condition.' Toni also spoke about Rafael getting criticized for helping with clean-up operation in Mallorca floods: 'Many people want to criticize.
I do not want to get involved in these opinions. People who want to give bad opinions about the others are the ones who give bad opinions about themselves. The thing of Rafa was something coming from his heart. I went helping as well and it was not something amazing at all.
Many people did what Rafa did. Someone believes Rafael wanted to go on TV or some newspapers and this is wrong.' The world No. 2, Rafael Nadal, recently spoke about how it feels to play in the same era as Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic: 'I am just happy to be part of it.
Have been a lot of years competing for the most important things a couple of players. So that's it. Seems like for one more year we're going to finish in the top positions of the ranking and already we won the most important events of the year more or less.
So I am no one to analyze if that good for tennis or not good for tennis. I'm just happy to be part of it.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title