Rafael Nadal plans lengthy absence

Rafael Nadal has said that he will take a several-week absence from tennis after the Australian Open to rest and practise.



The world number two will take the time off in February to recover from a recurring shoulder problem which he picked up at the ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.



“I had a problem before London with my shoulder and I had to stop for about ten days before the [ATP] finals,” the Spaniard said.



“It felt better again but resurfaced, I couldn’t practise.”



The 25-year-old is currently in Abu Dhabi defending his Mubadala World Tennis Championship crown and will face David Ferrer in the semi-finals tomorrow after his compatriot saw off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga earlier today.

Read more :
  • Falcons’ Gonzalez bows out with sadness but no regrets
    ATLANTA - Tony Gonzalez's dream of ending his career with a Super Bowl vanished as the tight end's Atlanta Falcons fell victim to a record comeback by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Cha...
  • Michael Owen to retire at end of season
    Former England striker Michael Owen announced on Tuesday that he will retire from professional football at the end of the current season. "It is with an immense amount of pride that I am a...
  • Zheng Jie confident for the Olympics
    Zheng Jie has revealed that her performances at Wimbledon have given her confidence for the upcoming Olympic Games in London. Despite taking the first set, the 28-year-old was knocked out ...
  • Refreshed Kuznetsova back in the big time
    MELBOURNE - Svetlana Kuznetsova, refreshed but unseeded and unheralded after being sidelined for half of 2012, announced her return to the big time in some style on Monday with a win over C...
  • Barcelona happy with Messi, Villa double act
    Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura was delighted at the understanding shown between Lionel Messi and David Villa as they combined for all of Barca's goals in the 3-1 win over Rayo Vall...
  • Chappell falls short after flirting with a 59
    LA QUINTA, California - Unheralded American Kevin Chappell briefly raised hopes of shooting a magical 59 before he signed off with a sizzling 10-under-par 62 in the final round of the Human...
  • 49ers finally get chance to add to glory years
    ATLANTA - The team of the 1980s are back, at last. The San Francisco 49ers, one of the great franchises of the National Football League, will finally return to the Super Bowl in search of ...
  • Premier League: Old boys Berbatov, Jol come back to haunt Tottenham
    Tottenham Hotspur's challenge for a Champions League place received another setback on Sunday when they lost 1-0 at home to Fulham to register a second consecutive Premier League defeat. H...