Monaco: Rafael Nadal is fretting over his troublesome left knee as he attempts to win the Monte Carlo Masters for the eighth straight time and end a title drought stretching back to last year's French Open.
Nadal has only just started practicing again after pulling out of his semifinal against Andy Murray at last month's Sony Ericsson Open. After the withdrawal, Nadal had treatment for a knee tendon problem, having already skipped a chunk of the season to rest his knees after the Australian Open.
"It's OK now, (I need) time to see how it is at the top level, (to) run without thinking about the knee, when I put all my pressure on the knee," Nadal said Monday. "It's the start of the clay-court season for me, and hopefully it will work well."