Nadal was on target to complete the 12 months as world No. 1 after profitable 45 matches on the ATP Tour, the Spaniard claiming 5 titles within the course of — together with an 11th French Open crown.
He additionally carried out properly within the different three Grand Slams, reaching the semis at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open, and the quarterfinals on the Australian Open.
Knee issues have dogged him lately and so they returned after his exit to Juan Martin del Potro at Flushing Meadows, ruling the Spaniard out of the rest of the season.
That allowed Novak Djokovic to say the world No. 1 spot, however Nadal is on the street to restoration and hopes to be prepared when 2019’s first main occasion begins on Jan. 14.
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When requested about his restoration, he advised a media convention: “Good, going step-by-step.
“I’m not making steps again, simply steps ahead on a regular basis, caring for my physique after some time with out having an opportunity to be on court docket and making an attempt to do issues slowly.
“It is essential for me to guard the physique and to keep away from robust circumstances.
“I do know I’ve time to be prepared for Melbourne at 100 p.c.”
Nadal will make his first look since his U.S. Open exit when he takes on Kevin Anderson on the World Tennis Championships exhibition occasion Friday in Abu Dhabi.