Madrid:Rafael Nadal says treatment on his painful knees has been going well enough for him to have started training seriously, and he hopes to defend his Montreal title in two weeks.
Speaking for the first time since he withdrew from Wimbledon and didn't defend his title at the All England Club, Nadal said he had grown tired of always playing tennis with searing pain in his knees.
"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 television on Tuesday.
Nadal said the severe pain in the upper part of his right kneecap convinced him he could not carry on playing through the agony, a decision that made him withdraw from Wimbledon.
The former world No. 1 said he had become used to playing with pain, relying on anti-inflammatories, and decided after failing to win a fifth successive French Open that it was time to try and solve the problem.
He said he had played Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome and Madrid with the pain (and won the first three).
It was at the Madrid Masters, where he lost in the final to Roger Federer 6-4, 6-4 a week before the French Open, that he sought medical advice.
"One gets tired of always having to play with pain," Nadal said.
The Spaniard said it was his hope and his dream to be in Montreal for the Rogers Cup, which he has won twice, including last year.