Rafael Nadal speaks out on how he’ll recover from knee injury after ATP Finals withdrawal
The world No. 1 was clearly in agony as he battled through what turned out to be his final match of 2017 against David Goffin, but despite still being able to reach the semi-finals with a loss, he decided to call time on his year.
Nadal has been plagued with knee problems throughout his career, but he insists this problem is nothing new for him or his team and that they know what steps need to be taken for a full recovery.
‘I know what I have to do,’ he said. ‘I know all the things that happened in the past when I had these things, and I know the treatment that I had to do.
‘I know the periods of time that I need to work. Then if the treatment works or not, we will see.
‘The good thing is nothing new. Everybody of my team, we have the right experience on this thing.
We hope to manage it well, to have the right rest, the right work, and try to be ready for the beginning of the next season.’
When asked if he thought he had done more damage to himself by playing against Goffin, he replied: ‘It was the last event of the season.
‘Another thing will be if that was in the middle of the season or was another kind of event.
‘That’s how it works, my career, at the same time. I can’t complain. I feel very lucky about all the things that are happening to me.
‘But in the other hand, it’s true that I am probably the top player that had more injuries and more troubles in the careers of everyone, no? Is always about this challenge.
‘But I am used to this and I know what I have to do. I think I am ready to do it.’