12/13/12 3:55 AM | Johan Lindahl
Rafael Nadal has given his personal A-OK sign for his return to tennis after six months of injury hell, telling his Facebook fans that he will front up for the rich Abu Dhabi post-Christmas exhibition December 27-29.
It would be the Spaniard's first start since his Wimbledon loss on June 28 due to chronic knee problems.
"Can't wait to get back on court in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month," the 26-year-old wrote. "I won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in 2010 and 2011. Would love to get my hands on the trophy again this year!"
Nadal confirmed himself into a multi-million payday in a field which includes Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic, two of his top three rivals along with Grand Slam legend Roger Federer. Nadal, who receives a bye as part of his hefty paycheck, will play a match against the winner from Murray and Serb Janko Tipsarevic on December 28.
Also competing: Nadal's compatriot and number five David Ferrer of Spain and Davis Cup champion Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic.
Nadal spent the last half year struggling to heal various serious knee problems, with the future of his career still to be determined based upon his return performances.
He has said that he is expecting nothing by way of results until the spring and will not stress over a potential poor finish at the Australian Open from January 14 as he finds his court legs.
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