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Rafael Nadal says he will be back at the Madrid Open next week -By ASC


Rafael Nadal suffered the injury in the loss to Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final on March 22nd.© AFP

Rafael Nadal will return to competitive action at the Madrid Open next week, a month after the French Open which the Spanish legend has won 13 times. The 35 -year -old resumed training last week after not playing for four weeks due to a rib injury. He said on social media he wanted to play in the Spanish capital despite “lack of preparation”.

Nadal suffered the injury in his defeat to American Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final on March 22, announcing at a time when he is expected to rest between four and six weeks.

The defeat ended his perfect run 20-0 to start 2022 which included winning the Australian Open title.

Nadal beat Daniil Medvedev in an epic final in Melbourne after Novak Djokovic was expelled from Australia for his Covid vaccination status.

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The win gave him a record 21st men’s Grand Slam title, eliminating him from draws with Djokovic and Roger Federer.

The French Open starts on May 22nd.

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