Nadal making big push to get ready for Rio Olympics
Rafael Nadal is training intensively to get his game in shape for the Rio Olympics tennis competition, which gets under way tomorrow.
Nadal confirmed he would compete in Rio in singles, doubles and mixed doubles, he has not played a tournament since being forced to withdraw from Roland Garros with a wrist injury,.
The Spaniard, who trained Tuesday with teammates Marc Lopez, his doubles partner, and David Ferrer, is opting for two practice sessions daily to get his game in shape to take on a field that is headed by Novak Djokovic and 2 Andy Murray.
Rafael Nadal is on track to make the Olympics and plans to return from a wrist injury at the Toronto Masters at the end of July, days before the Games begin, his coach said Thursday.
"The plan is to play in Toronto because that's what suits us," Toni Nadal, who is also Nadal's uncle, told a press conference in Mallorca, adding the 14-time Grand Slam title winner could start training on court again in two weeks.
"It's following the normal recovery schedule and now he has to strengthen the wrist and the arm again," said Toni Nadal.
"(Nadal) will arrive in form in Rio. It will give him time to prepare."
Nadal, 30, will miss Wimbledon after failing to recover from the wrist injury which also forced his early withdrawal from the French Open last month.
He pulled out of the French Open, where he has been champion on nine occasions, after injuring a tendon in his left wrist after just two rounds.
Nadal, the world number five, is keen to play at the Rio Olympics after being unable to defend his gold medal at the 2012 London Games because of a knee injury.
He had been scheduled to be Spain's flag-bearer at the opening ceremony.
The Spanish federation announced earlier Thursday that Nadal and Garbine Muguruza will lead Spain's charge for Olympic tennis glory and could play together in the mixed doubles.
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Murray beats Nadal, reaches Madrid Open final again
Andy Murray defeated Rafael Nadal 7-5, 6-4 to reach his second straight Madrid Open final.
Nadal had his chances but failed on the decisive points, falling short on his attempt to win a third consecutive title this season.
"In general, he was a little bit better than me, and we have to congratulate him for his victory and recognize that he has played better than me in the important moments," Nadal said.
Murray became the first player to ever beat Nadal at the same clay tournament in consecutive years.
"Not loads of players have won against Rafa on clay throughout his career," Murray said. "Very few in the last year for sure when he wasn't playing his best. To beat him in Spain on a clay court is obviously a big, big challenge for any player. Very pleased to have beaten him this year."
Rafael Nadal asked for the results of all drugs tests he has taken in his career to be released to the public in a letter to the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Tuesday.
Nadal filed a lawsuit against former French sports minister Roselyne Bachelot on Monday after she accused him of covering up a failed drugs test.
"It is necessary that our sport becomes a flagship in a world where TRANSPARENCY and HONESTY are two pillars of our conduct and way of living," Nadal wrote in the letter addressed to ITF president David Haggerty.
Bachelot alleged that Nadal -- one of Spain's most loved and admired sportsmen -- faked an injury in 2012, when he missed the final six months of the season due to knee problems, in order to hide a positive drug test.