3/5/13 9:12 PM | Johan Lindahl
Two titles on clay and wins in 12 of 13 matches have convinced Rafael Nadal to take a serious stab at playing on cement at the Indian Wells Masters.
The Spaniard is on his way from New York to California for the big physical test.
After missing seven months with knee injuries, nothing can be assured for the 11-time Grand Slam winner when he steps onto the unforgivving surface which may be responsible from some of his medical complaints over the years.
But weekend Acapulco champion Nadal is optimistic that he can get through the California desert event,in first Masters 1000 of the season and an important points earner for the current No. 5 on the ATP. "Today I know I can play on clay. I will try on the hard," said Nadal. "Playing tennis will be a process to adapt my knee to the competition. I hope I will keep having the chances to play the normal calendar as I did in past years."
The Spaniard added: "I cannot predict the future. I have to see how the knee will last at Indian Wells next week. Having the chance to play at Indian Wells is great. I didn't know one week ago if I would be able to play at Indian Wells."
Nadal is building for his beloved clay season and has made no plans further than Indian Wells. That means any participation in the Miami Masters will be a last-minute decision. "The last couple of days, my knee has been improving," Nadal said. "I go day by day. After seven months with a lot of pain in my knee, I don't have the chance to decide which one will be my schedule for the future. I try to enjoy every one.
"I am very happy," Nadal said as he played New York exhibition to start this week. "It was a sad moment when I had to decide not come to the US Open. It seems like now everything is great."
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