Posted October 09, 2012 on AP on Fox
Rafael Nadal is eager to trade in his backstroke for his backhand. Swimming as part of his rehabilitation from a left knee injury, Nadal said he has been more encouraged recently about his progress and hopes to resume practice soon. He didn't rule out playing next month in the ATP World Tour Finals or Davis Cup final, but added that such a quick return would be difficult. ''I don't want to put any goals to play a tournament,'' Nadal said Tuesday. ''I want to go day by day. I go every day to the gym and the swimming pool to continue with my recovery. I am trying to not think that far.'' Nadal spoke from his home in Mallorca during a conference call to promote his participation in an exhibition in New York in March. He has also said he'll enter an exhibition in Abu Dhabi in late December. The 11-time Grand Slam champion hasn't played since losing in the second round of Wimbledon in June. A partially torn patella tendon forced him to miss the Olympics, where he was the defending go...
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