(Reuters) – Rafael Nadal is confident he will be ready to compete in this week’s Miami Open despite turning his ankle in practice.
“In the beginning I thought it was going to be the end of the tournament,” Rafa told reporters. “But I don’t know now, I don’t think so. I think I am going to be able to compete here. Today, if I have to say one thing, for sure I am going to be on court on Friday. Another thing is I don’t know how well I am going to be prepared…let’s see, if every day I am improving.”
Rafa said he didn’t undergo a scan on his ankle as he was assured the injury was not that serious: “I visited the physio of the ATP, they see things like this every week and they said that it doesn’t look very bad. It is still painful but I practiced here today for a little bit more than one hour. It bothers me but I didn’t push myself very hard. I don’t know how I am going to answer when I try to get at 100 percent, which is what I need to compete well. But I am confident I am going to be ready.”