Nadal Waffling on Montreal
From the Montreal Gazette
Still no word on whether new dad Roger Federer will make it to Montreal.
And now, in a television interview broadcast Tuesday night, Rafael Nadal sounds like he's wavering on whether he'll come to defend his Rogers Cup title.
His people have told tournament director Eugene Lapierre he's coming. His hotel reservations are confirmed.
Here's what he announced on his web site about it two weeks ago:
"The event in Montreal is important and I expect to be there fit to play. Until then I need to continue to work on my recovery and practice well."
Now, he sounds dodgy about it. Maybe he's practicing and it's not feeling great. Maybe he's concerned that the Rogers Cup is 10 days away, and he still hasn't pushed it beyond "light and easy with Uncle Toni." Maybe he got some news with all those tests that has him concerned. Or maybe he's just being cautious.
"Good, the truth is that I feel good. But also, I have to wait and see how I continue to recover because I’ve only been back training for a week and a half and you always feel a bit better anemically. You start with lots of hope, but again, the real test would be to see how I go when I really push my knees and I think that is likely to happen in the upcoming days. So I hope it’s all good."
"What happened was that I was in a lot of pain for a while, when I came back from Miami and I was training in Manacor, I started to feel a strong pain, especially in my right knee. It was a different kind of pain (to what I’ve experienced before), so I took off the bandages in my knees, ... and everyone thought that it was because I felt great, but the problem was that it didn’t hurt there anymore, now it hurt in the superior end of the knee cap. And well, the bandages weren’t helping me at all and that’s when it al started to get worse, little by little.”
He says, and this is no surprise, that he should have blown off the Masters 1000 event in Madrid (the knees were painful, he hated the altitude, he needed a week off, and he was cranky the entire time). He says he played on anti-inflammatories, but still had too much pain.
Now here's the part that concerns Montreal fans.
He says his "dream" is to come back in Montreal (which is coming up quickly):
"I would like to come back in Montreal in a week and a half. I (will) have to force the knees and just see how far I can go. ... My main objective is not to regain the number one ranking. My main goal is to be well and happy to be playing tennis. ... I’m mentally ready to return now!"
Federer / Youzhny / Ancic / Raonic / Dancevic