James Blake impressed by Rafael Nadal going past knee injuries


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James Blake impressed by Rafael Nadal going past knee injuries

The former world No. 3 James Blake reflected in an interview with Brandon Adams about the knee injuries he suffered through his career. The American also praised the former world No. 1 Rafael Nadal. Blake said: "I had knee troubles, right surgery in 2011 but my knee started bothering me in 2008 and that's why I am amazed at how Rafa has played through knee trouble because mine definitely made me feel like I was a tiny bit slower, it was tougher for me getting out of the corners and pushing off on my right knee and I tried to do everything I could to get it better, ice, treatment, compression, trying the needles acupuncture, I tried PRP.

I definitely felt like it was taking away one of my biggest weapons because I did not feel like I was - I felt like I needed to be that good of a mover to be successful and with the way my knee was I felt like I dipped down to being a pretty good mover as opposed to one of the best movers and that made me feel like it was struggle, it was tough and in 2011 I finally got surgery.

I could not keep playing with the way my knee was, it was painful, it started just giving out on me, so I could not have played much longer than that. I am amazingly impressed that players on tour are playing late into their 30s because for me my recovery was difficult. My body was not recovering."