8/5/09 5:29 PM | Johan Lindahl
Rafael Nadal admits he's heading to Montreal for next week's Masters with a huge possibility of crashing out early from his first tournament in more than two months.
But his first task will be getting some specialised knee rehabilitation machines over the border into North America.
The Spaniard, who also passed time at the beach with his girlfriend, the golf course and his local tennis club at Manacor on the island of Mallorca, said he is unused to inactivity.
"I've spent more time on my sofa than ever. I'm an active person, I like to do different things all the time. But I was told to be still to spare my knees".
"When I was active, I had to spend hours on different machines for rehab - and that is not pleasant".
"I now need to take the machines to the US and it may be tough getting them past Customs until I explain what they are for".
Nadal admits: "I'm aware that I am going to Montreal and Cincinnati (the week following) to lose is logical", he said prior to Thursday's departure for Canada. Nadal, resting a pair of knees plagued by tendinitis, last competed on May 31 when he lost to Robin Söderling in the French Open fourth round.
"I'm not sure about my level on first tournament; I am not sure even if I will have pain again.”
Now down to second in the world behind Roger Federer, the 23-year-old Spaniard said that he's going into battle "just hoping to play without pain or at least, with manageable pain".
Nadal said that his objective remains the US Open starting August 31. It's the only Grand Slam that he has not won, adding: I've trained very well over the last five days (in five-hour sessions)".
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