• Nadal knee a continual worry in Paris run-up

    5/10/13 5:10 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Nadal knee a continual worry in Paris run-up As he progress through a depleted draw in Madrid, Rafael Nadal has been quietly dropping hints that the state of his problem knees may not be ideal.

    The fifth seed won't have to worry about Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the clay field after their early exits. But the seven-time French Open winner has his own chronic fitness dramas to deal with on and off court.

    While he does not like to talk about the knee which kept him out of tennis for seven months from last summer, the subject will not die down, especially in the run-up to Roland Garros. "Sometimes I feel more (pain) and sometimes I feel less. Sometimes I have pain, sometimes it's complicated," said the player who has tasted victory in only one of three Madrid finals.

    "I try to avoid talking about it as much as possible, whisper it, because the results have been so good - it's not the moment to analyze how I am," he said after another routine win at the Caja Magica over Mikhail Youzhny.

    But Nadal dropped a warning: "If one day I have pain and if I cannot continue, well, we'll have to take some kind of decision to try and solve the problem with the knee.

    "Sincerely, it's nothing more than usual. Depending on the moments perhaps I have a little bit more pain, maybe you can tell by looking at me. It's really nothing more."

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1. Djokovic 12 500 pts
2. Murray 8 750 pts
3. Federer 8 670 pts
4. Ferrer 6 970 pts
5. Nadal 6 385 pts

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