8/12/09 11:48 PM | Johan Lindahl
Roger Federer believes that the drama quotient needs to drop a notch concerning the two-month knee-injury absence of friend and rival Rafael Nadal.
The Swiss, no stranger to the occasional illness (glandular fever) and injury (back) himself, said at the Montreal Masters that he's pleased with the return in Canada of the Spaniard.
"I think Rafa has done actually pretty well considering how hard his game is and how many matches he's played for so many years", said the 15-time Grand Slam winner. "He hasn't gotten injured that many times. That's why I'm happy to see him back on tour."
Federer added: "He was only away from the game a little bit, but in tennis terms it's so much because our season never ends, from January to November".
"If you miss two months, it just seems like it's a lot, but it's actually not that much. I hope now he can stay on tour and not get injured again".
Federer said that his relative good health and fitness is down to planning. "I try to have as good a schedule as possible. You are obliged to play some events (Grand Slams and Masters 1000), but at the same time having vacation, having enough practise and doing the right things, those are the keys to a player's career. You need a little bit of luck, as well".
"If you're injured a lot when you're younger and you play on them instead of maybe taking that break because you have bad advice maybe early on, you know, you carry it through your entire career sometimes, and that then can be a hard thing".
Nadal, 23, has been constantly troubled with knee tendinitis, which got bad enough to force him to miss Wimbledon and rest under doctor's orders.
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