Rafael Nadal has arrived to defend his title in Toronto at the Rogers Cup and to test his knees in the lead up to the US Open, the only Slam to elude him. After some sight seeing around Toronto including the CN Tower and Lake Ontario, and the draw ceremony, Rafael made his way to the practice courts in a helicopter.
After enjoying some time in Mallorca, resting after his triumph at Wimbledon and PRP treatment to his knees, Nadal has been accompanied to the tournament by Francisco Roig as Uncle Toni takes a break prior to the final Slam of the season. Roig will be watching his charge closely after Rafa resumed practice 10 days ago.
“If I win here, it doesn’t mean I’m going to play a good U.S. Open. Every tournament is different and I try my best in every one. The thing is always the same. Play well or play bad. If I play well, I’m going to have a good chance to have a good result on every surface. If I play bad, on clay maybe I still have a chance but on the rest of the surfaces I don’t have any chance to play at the top level… I feel good. I’m feeling confident with my body and I’m not thinking about my body, I’m thinking about my tennis.”
Rafa has a bye in the first round and will then face either Stanislas Wawrinka or Frank Dancevic. Punters are already drooling over a possible Nadal-Federer final.