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Rafael Nadal appears to be recovering well and he should be fully fit for participating in the US Open which is starting in the last week of this month.
Some more tests have been done on Nadal’s wrist and their results have suggested that the Spaniard is not too far away from getting recovered completely.
There have been doubts over Nadal’s participation at Flushing Meadows since he injured his wrist while playing a backhand shot in one of his practice sessions.
A couple of days back, his coach Toni Nadal had said that he was not sure if the left hander would be able to travel to New York to defend his title.
There was disappointment among Nadal’s fans after that remark of Toni, but, the statement released by the tennis Federation of Spain yesterday would have given them some relief.
That statement read, “A clinical assessment of Rafa’s injury has been done and we believe he is going through his recovery process alright. The condition of his wrist will keep getting assessed on a regular basis.”
Nadal has not stopped training. He has been having a few hits, but, with a wrist bandage on. Recently, on his official account on a social networking site, a snap was uploaded in which he could be seen practicing with his injured wrist bandaged.
Nadal is yet to feature in a competitive match after the Wimbledon Championships from where he had been knocked out by a qualifying teenager who was more than 100 places below him in the world rankings.
The 28-year old was scheduled to play in a couple of hard court tournaments in Toronto and then in Cincinnati ahead of the US Open, but, the wrist injury prevented him from doing so.
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Leonardo Mayer hopes that he would be able to lock horns with his role model Roger Federer at some point of time in future.
Mayer has been active in the professional circuit for the last 11 years, but, he’s never taken Federer on.
Speaking in one of his recent interviews, the 27-year Old Argentinean said, “I have always admired Roger. He’s my hero. I watch his matches since the time I was a teenager. Hopefully, we would be up against each other in future. It’s something that I have been eagerly waiting for. That would be one of the biggest days of my career without a shadow of doubt.”
For Mayer, the 2014 season has been really successful as he has managed to achieve his first ATP glory this season. He defeated the Spaniard David Ferrer a few days ago in Hamburg to lift the trophy there.
When asked if at the start of his career, he had thought that it would take him so long to win his maiden ATP title, Mayer said, “I have won so late due to my injury problems. I have been hit by injuries on a regular basis and thus, it’s been hard for me to train regularly. It’s really satisfying to have finally won today. There is no better feeling than winning a title.”
Before the Hamburg tournament, Mayer had done well in the Wimbledon Championships as well. He had qualified to the fourth round there before suffering defeat against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.
Mayer’s good form of late has taken him to his career best world ranking of 27. He was not even in top 45 at the start of the Wimbledon Championships.
He would definitely like to keep going in the upward direction in the rankings in the remaining of the season.
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Juan Martin suffered from a wrist injury for which he undertook a surgery in late March and is returning home. Dr. Berger performed the surgery at Mayo Clinic. The decision of undergoing for a surgery proved advantageous as the ligaments were broken.
Now he is under the process of recovery. He was judged as the comeback player by the ATP in 2011. For him injuries are a part and parcel of any sport and so does the recovery time. But if the mind is made up then none can stop a player from returning back and similarly Del Potro feels that he has got lot to deliver under his belt. His entire concentration is to recover well and be on the court. He knows for sure that comeback is not going to be easy for him when he makes a comeback in the upcoming year as he will no longer be in the top 10 but that is not stopping him to start from scratch. He has to regain is momentum along with the strength to sustain for long on the court and test his resilience.
He was in pain when he was playing and he did not want to stop but he had to take a decision. However, he did go in for a training session on the court in Argentina. He is backed by his coach who is trying hard to make him appear for the U.S Open title. This is not the first time that he has been prone to injuries rather it is his second time. He has months with him to practice, train and get back in shape with will power. It will not be long when he appears on the competitive tennis court after his rehabilitation.