Body first, ranking later says Rafael Nadal after ankle surgery

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES “I want to feel myself competitive every week that I am on court and I want to keep fighting for the things that really make me feel alive, you know, for the things that motivate me.“So I will not (chase) the number one because it’s not my main goal.“Of course, I prefer to be number one than number two, and I prefer to be number two than number five, that’s obvious,” he added.Nadal was forced to retire during matches at two of the four Grand Slams in 2018, but still added a record-extending 11th French Open crown to his collection.He said he wanted to ensure he could take care of his body to allow him to keep playing as long as possible because of his love for the game.ADVERTISEMENT The 32-year-old had surgery on his ankle in November to remove a loose intra-articular body and only resumed training three weeks ago.He played the opening round at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi last week, where he lost to South African Kevin Anderson, and gets his season proper under way in the second round of the Brisbane International on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 17-time Grand Slam winner said he hadn’t been worried about the world rankings for the past two years.“My goal is just to be happy doing what I am doing and be competitive all the weeks that I am playing,” he said. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Big Four’ still Grand Slam stars to beat, insists Novak Djokovic Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts after he lost the semi final match to South Africa’s Kevin Anderson during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal insisted Tuesday he is not chasing the world’s top ranking as he prepares to make a comeback from ankle surgery, with taking care of his body a key priority.The current world number two has not played a main tour event since a knee problem forced him to retire during his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in September.ADVERTISEMENT “The thing that I don’t want to do is suffer more than what I did last year, because if you do (suffer injuries two) years in a row, that mentally kills you,” he said.“I really believe that I have to keep having tennis to play in my career, and I really feel that my body is not going to get worse every year.“Really my only goal is to keep doing the things that makes me happy, and today playing tennis makes me happy, and I want to do it the best way possible and as long as possible.”In the second round Nadal will play either Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France or local hope Thanasi Kokkinakis, two players who have also been troubled recently by injuries.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more