Nadal’s wait­ing game for brush with Bris­bane

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

RAFAEL Nadal says his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion strat­egy is clear to him, but he will have “to wait and see’’ if his knee im­proves in time for the Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional in seven weeks.

Nadal yes­ter­day gave up his bid to com­plete the year- end ATP Fi­nals in Lon­don af­ter a loss in his first match, pulling out of a se­cond tour­na­ment in a row with a right knee in­jury.

Spain’s world No. 1 said he had de­cided be­fore his 7- 6, 6- 7, 6- 4 de­feat by Bel­gium’s world No. 7 David Gof­fin that he would not play again in the roundrobin tour­na­ment in Lon­don ‘ s O2 Arena and re­sume treat­ment on the in­jury which forced him to with­draw from re­cent Paris Masters.

“The good thing is this is noth­ing new, ev­ery­body on my team has the right ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ said Nadal.

Be­fore the Aus­tralian cir­cuit starts, Nadal has en­tered a rich ex­hi­bi­tion in Abu Dhabi from De­cem­ber 28- 30.

Rafael Nadal of Spain.

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