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Nadal says unsure of Montreal return

WORLD No. 2 Rafael Nadal said on Tuesday he was unsure if he would return to competition at the Montreal Masters next month.

"I don't know. I would like to be in Montreal in a week and a half. I will have to push it in the next few days and see," the Spaniard told a Spanish television.

Nadal has been suffering from tendinitis in both knees aggravated by a gruelling schedule of claycourt matches. He has not played a competitive match since being knocked out in the fourth round of the French Open by Robin Soderling on May 31 and did not defend his Wimbledon title.

Nadal, who resumed training last week, had earmarked the Montreal Masters, which starts on August 8, as a likely return date.

"My main objective is for my knees to be perfect," he said. "It seems like I'm well but I want to be sure before I go out on to a court."

Nadal, who has lost his French Open and Wimbledon titles and his No. 1 ranking to Swiss rival Roger Federer, said he had brought the problem with his knees upon himself by not knowing when to stop and rest.

He dismissed the idea that the separation of his parents had anything to do with his need for a break.

"I am human and it is difficult, not to accept, but to assimilate, and you suffer when you aren't at home," he added. "I'm almost over it but this isn't what has really affected me because it happened a few months ago and I still won in Indian Wells, Barcelona and Rome.

"My real problem is the knees."


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