Nadal's goal to get knee fit for Davis Cup final

Updated: November 5, 2008, 8:48 AM ET
Reuters

MADRID, Spain -- Rafael Nadal pledged to do everything in his power to rehabilitate his ailing right knee in time for Spain's Davis Cup final against Argentina in less than three weeks.

Nadal has tendinitis in his knee and was forced to pull out of the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai, which begins Sunday. The world's top-ranked player also had to retire from his Paris Masters quarterfinal against Nikolay Davydenko last week.

"I will try everything to be at the Davis Cup, but my participation depends on my progress," the French Open and Wimbledon champion told Marca radio on Wednesday.

"If I am only at 40 percent I won't go. I have a few days to recover and I will try to train a bit."

The Spanish tennis federation said Tuesday that Nadal needed a week of rest and treatment. Nadal said he would have a final test at the start of next week to determine whether he can represent Spain in Mar del Plata beginning Nov. 21.

Nadal reiterated his criticism of the packed ATP tennis calendar, saying it was "very badly organized."

"It's very hard to always be at the highest level with a calendar like that," he said. "I didn't say no to Shanghai, it was my knee. Going there would have been a very big effort."

Nadal will be replaced at the Masters Cup by Frenchman Gilles Simon, who will play world No. 2 Roger Federer in the Swiss top seed's opening match.

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