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Nadal's knees the question mark

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NEW YORK -- Ask Rafael Nadal how his famously troublesome left knee is feeling on the eve of the U.S. Open, and he'll balk a bit while formulating a response.

"I am..." the 12-time major title winner began, haltingly, during an interview with The Associated Press.

"You know..." he resumed, before smiling sheepishly and pausing again.

Eventually, Nadal offered something of a complicated answer.

"I have to say that I am very well, because the results have been amazing since I came back," he said. "If I say something else, (it) will sound strange."

That's because when the year's last Grand Slam tournament begins today, none of the players setting foot on the blue hard courts of Flushing Meadows possesses as much momentum -- or is in as fine form -- as the No. 2-seeded Nadal. He's won his past 10 matches heading into the first round against the 97th-ranked Ryan Harrison of the United States.

Another past U.S. Open champion on today afternoon's schedule is 2000-01 winner Venus Williams, a former No. 1 now ranked 60th who will be taking on recent Wimbledon semifinalist and 12th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium. At night, Williams' younger sister Serena, the defending champion, plays 2010 French Open winner Francesca Schiavone of Italy, while 17-time major champion Roger Federer faces 62nd-ranked Grega Zemlja of Slovenia.

The biggest curiosity when it comes to Nadal these days is how his knees will hold up. They've presented recurring problems for him over the years, particularly the left one, which kept him out of action from late June 2012 until February 2013. He missed the London Olympics, last year's U.S. Open and this year's Australian Open.

"I feel more comfortable now than six months ago, that's for sure," Nadal said, then quickly added: "But I still have pain some days."

He was asked whether he thinks that might be the case for the rest of his career.

"Hopefully not," the 27-year-old Nadal said. "Hopefully not."

But hard courts could exacerbate the matter because of the pounding legs take on the unforgiving surface.

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 26, 2013 C11

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