Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is ready to see how his knee will hold up as he plays in the Monte Carlo Masters.

The world number two returns to action after being sidelined for a couple of weeks with a knee problem.

But he says that practice has gone well over the last few days and he is ready to go for his eighth consecutive title in Monte Carlo.

Speaking in a news conference the Spaniard said: "The knee is well. I'm able to practise in the right condition and that's the most important thing today.

"It seems like I'm able to practise with no impediments. But it needs time to see how it is when I play to the top level... when I put all my efforts on the knee."

This will be the first outing for the Spaniard on the clay this season in a tournament that he has dominated in recent years.

However Novak Djokovic is the top see going into the event and he too has had time off since the Miami Masters as he chose not to play the Davis Cup tie.

Nadal will open the defence of his title against Jarkko Nieminen.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw


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