10/16/12 5:39 PM | Johan Lindahl
It will likely take another three months for Rafael Nadal to get back on court after the injured Spaniard said that his goal of a tennis return has yet to be definitively pinned down.
The knee injury victim, who has not played for almost four months since losing in a Wimbledon second-round shock to Lukas Rosol, told CNN International that he is now aiming at the Australian Open, which begins January 14, as the most likely venue for his re-appearance.
He added that he is unable to train hard enough to dream of being ready for Spain's Davis Cup finals date November 16-18 in Prague against the Czech Republic.
"Everything is possible, but it is unlikely too," said the fourth-ranked Spaniard. "I don't know if I will or I won't, I need to work with much less intensity than required for the Masters Cup (November ATP season-ending event) or the final of the Davis Cup."
Nadal said that his recovery is going well, if slowly, and admitted that he can no longer aim to try and take back the top ranking this season from current owner Roger Federer. "I was hoping to regain the No.1 spot in 2012. Now, I'm happy to return at the Australian Open and be 100 percent competitive."
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