Rafa Nadal is aiming to be back to his best after injury in time for the claycourt season and the run-up to Roland Garros, the Spaniard said on Monday.
The 26-year-old erstwhile macrocosm turn one has slipped down to quaternary in the ATP banking and has not played since his daze second-round way out at Wimbledon in June.
The Spaniard was diagnosed with a partial tear of the patella tendon and inflammation of the left knee, only returning to hitting balls on a practice court two weeks ago.
“My convalescence is starting well and the doctors are proud of, ” Nadal secern Spanish radiocommunication.
“I have to look at my career with a five-year view. I considered having surgery, but the doctors have always preferred not to take risks with my treatment.”
The 11-times grand slam singles champion was pragmatic about his return to competition.
“I would like to return in January,” he said. “I don’t expect to return and win the Australian Open, I have to be realistic. The results will not worry me in the first tournaments back.
“I have to have into news report my phase after so long out. It would not vex me if I drop off down to 15th in the macrocosm as long as interior I screw represent capable to keep.
“I want to be 100 percent in time for Monte Carlo and the run-up to Roland Garros.”
Nadal won a record seventh French Open title in May.