Carlos Moya urges caution ahead of Rafael Nadal comeback

Rafa Nadal training

Rafael Nadal is set to make his competitive return at the Davis Cup this week, but Carlos Moya has warned that “he is not yet 100%”.

The world No 1’s last ATP Tour match was at the Australian Open in January when he was forced to retire from his quarter-final clash against Marin Cilic due to a hip problem.

After a few weeks out, he was expected to compete at the Mexican Open, but then pulled out on the eve of the tournament with a similar injury and then also skipped the Indian Wells Masters and Miami Open in March.

However, his rehabilitation has gone well and he has been included in Spain’s Davis Cup squad for the rubber against Germany in Valencia.

His coach Moya, though, says although he could feature this weekend, he is still building towards the clay-court season.

“Rafael has been training for a week, and for now, he is training very well,” he told Esports IB3.

“We improve little by little, without doing anything crazy as he has had two very similar injuries. We must be careful as he is not yet 100%.

“We will continue to progress, and one or two match wins can help. The Davis Cup motivates us, but we also know that after that, there will be a month and a half of competition without a break, which is very important for him.”