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Nadal's doctor says world No. 2 in 'perfect condition'

11/30/2007 - Tennis

MADRID, Spain -- World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has
no problems that could prevent him pursuing a career at the top
of his profession, his doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro has said.

"After carrying out routine tests, I consider Rafael to be
in perfect condition to continue developing his career in the
coming years," Ruiz Cotorro said in a statement carried in the
Spanish media on Friday.

The 21-year-old Spaniard's fitness was called into question
on Wednesday when his coach and uncle Toni Nadal said in an
interview that an old injury to his left foot was "very serious."

Nadal and his coach quickly moved to deny the story saying
it had been blown out of all proportion.

"I am absolutely certain the said injury will not be a
handicap [to his professional activities at the highest level],"
Ruiz Cotorro continued.

"He picked it up in April 2004. It was a stress fracture in
the left foot. Once cured, a specific program was instigated
along with his fitness trainer Joan Forcades and physiotherapist
Rafael Maymo."

This included a physiotherapy program and special insoles
for his shoes to help improve the movement and musculature in
the area.

"From a medical point of view, by following the program
Rafael has been able to develop his professional career to the
highest level winning 23 titles over the last three years," he
added.

Ruiz Cotorro is also the Spanish Tennis Federation's doctor.