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Rafa Nadal Perfect he will be 100 percent for Davis Cup


Nadal "perfect" after injury, says he'll be 100% for Davis Cup
Manacor (Mallorca), 18 Feb (EFE).- Rafael Nadal today said he has recovered "perfectly" from the injury he suffered at the Australian Open - a small muscle tear - and said he is confident he will be "100%" for the first round Davis Cup tie against Belgium, March 4-6.

"I've recovered perfectly from the injury, I'm prepared and confident I can go on training at the level I'm doing now, so that in two weeks, when I play the Davis, I will be 100%," he stated at the press conference at which he presented the international tennis centre he is to build in his hometown of Manacor.

Nadal explained that he hadn't been able to train at maximum level until this week, but is confident he will reach his best in the two weeks that remain before the tie takes place.

"I feel well, not in full form because this is the first week I've trained 100%, but I suppose that next week the intensity will keep rising and in the week of preparation prior to the Davis match it will be a little higher," he said with reference to the time the whole team will be together to train, beginning Sunday February 27.

The world number one explained that after his injury healed he had gradually built up his training from a light beginning and added that the training time spent with the rest of the team would be very important: "The week's preparation with the whole team always helps you to improve your level because you're training with players of the highest level and that always helps you build up your rhythm."

In his opinion, the match at the Charleroi Spiroudome "will be complicated" as it is away from home, which implies that "the others have chosen all the conditions that favour them".

Nadal has not played Davis Cup since 2009 when Spain defeated the Czech Republic in Barcelona and says it will be the captain, Albert Costa, who decides if he plays this time: "I'll be there with my teammates and if the captain thinks I'm the one to go out on court, I'll try to be 100% prepared".

The number one said that he hadn't considered the possibility of modifying his calendar for the season after his injury in Australia because "there's no possible change".

"I play the minimum I can possibly play to be in good form for the tournaments I want to be in good form for, and I practically don't play any extra tournaments at all. If there is any change, it will only be to play more than I'm playing and I don't plan on that for the moment," he stated.
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Costa says that Nadal brings back "winning spirit"

Albert Costa, captain of the Spanish Davis Cup team, said that the return of Rafael Nadal to participate in the tie against Belgium is "very positive" because it is a player who brings "winning spirit" and "offers security "the coaching staff and colleagues.

Costa has announced the squad to play from 4 to 6 March, the first round World Group Davis Cup against Belgium in Charleroi, which, in addition to Christmas, were also cited David Ferrer, Fernando Verdasco and Feliciano Lopez.

"These four players are lucky to have other important players back for selection. Let people know how serious (Tommy) Robredo, (Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and Marcel Granollers who struggle all year to join the team, but I invite who have enthusiasm, "he said.

The coach said after the team's role in 2009 was not the desired face the season with "renewed energy, excited and eager" to return to try to win the title.

He predicted a knockout "very difficult" because "playing outside is always more difficult" because it is against the fans, but pointed out that the Spanish team has "players excited, involved and with humility." Therefore considered that, with a good job, the Spanish team can guanuar the tie.

Regarding the return of Nadal -he did not play Davis Cup in 2009 - said that "having the number one best athlete of 2010 offers tranquility" and hopes that the physical condition of Mallorcan will be the optimal.

"After the injury was small in Australia did everything tocavaa to train. Progressively, when entering and will reach the peak concentration will be on conditions, "said on this issue.

Meanwhile, over David Ferrer, the Spanish number two team has highlighted the very beginning of the season that has had. "It's a great player, makes a lot of pineapple with the team and always has a very good mentality," he said.

Costa explained that the tie against Belgium will face "with great respect, but with confidence." Team has highlighted the two main players, Xavier Malisse and Olivier Rochus, but the projection of Steve Darcis and Ruben Bemelmans.

From Malisse but, pending his physical condition, because: "We understand that yesterday withdrew and await news." Mentrestan of Rochus said that tennis is a "dangerous, experience and talent." "We know we can cause problems," he said.

In this regard, pointed out that the track on which the tie will be played in Charleroi will be "fast", as usual whenever Spain plays at home. "It will be always a fast track, but faster than we are accustomed to the circuit," he concluded.

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