9/1/12 5:06 AM | Johan Lindahl
Rafael Nadal is living in a cloud of uncertainty regarding the puzzling state of a knee injury which has kept him from the courts for two months.
The Spaniard was unable to give any kind of a potential timeline for a return to the sport in which his rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are establishing an even stronger domination of the elite ATP space.
Nadal's next goal might well be the Davis Cup semi-final with the US at home next month on clay - but his participation there is a huge question mark.
The world No. 3, who has not played since late June when he lost in the Wimbledon second round, has been out of action as he and his doctors try to deal with Hoffa's syndrome, which is an inflammation of the fatty tissue around his left knee tendons.
Nadal's handlers have been staying circumspect about their man's actual condition, confirming only that the Spaniard is due to receive an award in September, apparently his only scheduled public appearance for some weeks.
Nadal did reveal some of his thoughts on his condition during a brief interview with Spanish television during half-time of a Spanish league football match.
"I'm feeling the calm that comes from knowing I'll be back when I genuinely feel ready to play at the level I really want to and not have to suffer through every match," said the 26-year-old.
And for the September 14-16 Davis Cup tie in Gijon, he added: "The truth is I really don't have any idea and when the time comes my knee will decide. If I'm fine then the captain will decide (whether to choose him for the squad.)"
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