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05 October 2012

Will he or won't he? That is the question


Photo: Paul ZimmerRafael Nadal (ESP)

It is the question on everyone's lips. Will we see Rafael Nadal in a competitive match again this year?

And his coach and uncle, Toni Nadal, has given the clearest indication yet that his nephew could well be back on a tennis court before the end of 2012.

"In 15 days, Rafa will resume training, in time for him to aim to play in the Masters and the final of the Davis Cup," Toni Nadal told Fox Sports.

And while the news is welcome to Spanish fans that their hero could be in a position to help the nation win a sixth Davis Cup title, the Czechs will be quaking in their proverbial boots.

Nadal, who was scintillating in last year's Davis Cup Final in Seville, is an indominatable force on clay but whether he will be the same power on a quick indoor hard court having not played for five months is another question.

The last time the Spaniard appeared in a competitive match was when he was unceremoniously dumped out of Wimbledon in the 2nd round by the little-known Czech Lukas Rosol.

What irony then that Nadal could be making his comeback against the Czechs in what is sure to be a fearsome atmosphere at the O2 Arena in Prague.

The 26-year-old Mallorcan has been suffering with Hoffa syndrome, an inflammation of the fatty tissue situated behind the kneecap in his left knee, and was subsequently diagnosed with a partial tear of the patella tendon.

Should he make it back in time for the final, Nadal will be making his fourth appearance in the Davis Cup showpiece, having won the previous finals he has contested.

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