Rafael Nadal is training hard with his uncle, Toni Nadal, in the hopes of defending his Montreal title in August 2009, which he won twice in 2005 and 2008.
Nadal had been undergoing treatment for his painful knee since he withdrew from defending his title at the Wimbledon on June 19, 2009, making him drop his rank to No. 2. He said that he led to a decision not to go through with defending his title because of the severe pain he was having from his right knee cap.
“I had spent several months like this and when I came back from Miami (in April) it really hurt badly, especially my right knee, and the truth is that it was a different pain,” Nadal told Spanish TVE1.
The former No. 1 tennis player also stated that he already got used to the pain of the injury before. He relied on medications that would lessen the pain and inflammation on both knees. He was able to play through tournaments at Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome wherein he won. However, when he lost the finals at the Madrid Masters to Roger Federer, he came to a decision to seek treatment.
“One gets tired of always having to play with pain,” Nadal said.