Originally written February 17, 2013 on Tennis Grand Stand:
By Lisa-Marie Burrows Rafael Nadal is crowned champion in Brazil. (Photo credit: InovaFoto) Rafael Nadal is back. How long have his fans and supporters been waiting to hear those words? A very long 222 days. Time is a great healer, or so we are told. The Spaniard may have been back for less than two weeks, but in that time he has reached the singles and doubles final at Viña del Mar and has been crowned champion in São Paolo. Today he won his 51st ATP Tour title and 37th on clay, but is Rafa back at his very best after a great two weeks of his comeback? I doubt it, but give him time. ‘Nothing valuable can be lost by taking time.’ – Abraham Lincoln Taking time out from the ATP Tour to recuperate and recover has been necessary for the 11-time Grand Slam champion to ensure his knee heals and to prevent further injury. Undoubtedly his rhythm and feel for the ball is not at its best, but at least he is back on the courts competing again and without taking the time to recover, he may have...
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