8/8/09 9:41 PM | Johan Lindahl
Rafael Nadal approaches next week's injury comeback at the Montreal Masters with some worries about the state of his knees, but can still can still crack a joke as he awaits his first test on a match court.
While he reluctantly sat out the sport over the past two and a half months, the world No. 2 had a chance to polish his golf game. But the 23-year-old laments that as form on the links improves, his skills on the court drop.
"It's terrible. Since I resumed tennis 100 percent, my swing got faster and my last days on golf course have been disastrous", he told Spanish media. "When I don’t play tennis on regular basis, my golf improves".
"But, as soon as I return to racket, I am awful with golf clubs".
Nadal, whose bye in the Canadian first round leaves him extra time to try and find his game on the practise court, was in touch with his other sporting love, football, in the days before leaving his home island of Mallorca.
Among those to wish him well, Real Madrid's new signing from Man United. "Cristiano Ronaldo told I'm still his No. 1. I congratulated him for his move to Madrid", said Nadal..
"After Federer won Cristiano sent me a message saying I am still No. 1 for him. That was the first message that I received".
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