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Nadal says he needs rest to recover from knee complaint

February 16, 2009 21:46 IST

World number one Rafael Nadal said on Monday all he needed was some rest to recover from the knee problem that hampered his performance in the World Indoor Tournament final in Rotterdam.

Nadal lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 to Andy Murray on Sunday with his right knee causing him greater discomfort than the Briton's ankle complaint.

"It isn't the knee, it's lower down. It's a strain on a tendon that above all else stops me from serving well, but we are almost certain there won't be any problems," Nadal told reporters in Madrid.

The Spaniard is due to compete in Dubai next week and after that he has Spain's Davis Cup opener against Serbia in Benidorm starting on March 6.

"It won't be a problem for the Davis Cup," he added. "It's just a question of having a little rest. I also expect to be in Dubai but we shall see.

"The season has just started but I have already played a lot of games in a short space of time. It's a problem of muscular fatigue."

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