US Open: Rafael Nadal takes pleasure from pain

It was a familiar story of misery for Rafael Nadal, who was out of action for nine weeks in 2009 after he suffered his only career loss at the French Open and was forced to walk away from his Wimbledon title defense. Nadal insists that the pain has only made him stronger.

updated: August 30, 2013 11:16 IST
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New York: Rafael Nadal admitted on Thursday that he has learned to enjoy suffering the pain of constantly battling the knee injuries which have threatened to derail his career.

The Spanish world number two moved comfortably into the US Open third round with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-0 win over Brazilian journeyman Rogerio Dutra Silva and has been the form player of 2013, claiming nine titles and building a 55-3 winning record.

But the 27-year-old spent seven months on the sidelines until February this year because of a knee injury that had caused him to miss the Olympics, last year's US Open as well as the Australian Open in January.

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