Rafael Nadal: 'My knees are better now than last year'

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Rafael Nadal: 'My knees are better now than last year'

Rafael Nadal spoke about his physical condition ahead of the US Open. The Spaniard won the Rogers Cup in Montreal and then withdrew from Cincinnati citing fatigue. Last year Nadal was forced to retire being two sets to love down against Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals.

“I hope to be ready", said Nadal. "Last year, honestly, I was not that bad. Of course, my feeling on my knees are better this year than last year. Last year the problem was I played three or four very, very long matches.

That’s tough. Then happened in that semi-finals the thing with the knee. I hope to be ready for it. I think I am playing well. I am practicing the right way during these days. Of course, winning in Montreal helps. I am ready for the action.

Hopefully, remain [a] couple of days of good practices. Let’s see if I’m able to make that happen”. Nadal also commented on a potential final against Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic which means he cannot face them in the semifinals: "I have to win my matches to have an advantage because I can only meet them in the (final).

I have plenty of work before that to know if I have an advantage or not. So let's see if I am able to do my work for my side. But that’s not an advantage or disadvantage, that’s part of the draw. That’s part of the things that happens when you are No 1, No 2 or No 3.

For example, at Wimbledon it was the other way, they change it, but here it is obviously normal. Let’s see what’s going on”.