Nadal doubtful for Davis Cup

Rafael Nadal said he needs to make a full recovery from a nagging knee problem before returning to competition and hinted that his participation in next month's Davis Cup tie against the United States was also in doubt.

The Spanish world number three has not played since crashing out of Wimbledon in a shock second-round defeat by lowly ranked Czech Lukas Rosol in June. He missed the Olympic Games and on Wednesday he withdrew from the US Open.

"The important thing is to recover well and come back when my knee is a hundred percent perfect," Nadal told ‘Reuters’ television in an interview in his hometown of Manacor in Mallorca.

"We'll see if I will be ready for Gijon, for the Davis Cup. My goal, my dream is to be there if the captain has confidence in me, but it always depends on the captain and the knee."

Due to his aggressive style of play, Nadal has suffered a string of physical problems during his career, including a foot injury in 2005 and more recently with his knees. "The injury is not the same (as before)," he said. "It is an injury that start around February before Indian Wells. I played these months with some problems, like in Miami, but normally I had the control of the pain, of the injury.

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