Returning Rafa ready to roll once again

Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:20am EST
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By Michael Hann

LONDON (Reuters) - As years go 2014 has not been a good one for Rafa Nadal but with his injury troubles seemingly behind him, the Spaniard is confident he will be back to his best next season.

Nadal, blighted by back and wrist injuries this year, underwent surgery to remove his appendix on Nov. 3, an operation that forced him out of this month's ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Now on the mend, the 28-year-old Spaniard hopes his injury troubles will be nothing more than a memory when he returns to training in December before he begins the defense of his Qatar Open title in January.

"It was not an easy year, especially in the second half it was hard, but that's part of my life, that's part of my career, and I accept that," Nadal said in an interview with Reuters.

"What happened with my wrist and then appendix -- it was problem and then problems again.

"I am not practicing yet, but I am happy with how the operation went and I have no problems."

Nadal's frustrating season began in January when his back failed him during his Australian Open final defeat by Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka.

He managed to recover to claim a ninth French Open crown after beating Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros in June.   Continued...

Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Simone Bolelli of Italy during their tennis match at the Swiss Indoors ATP tournament in Basel October 20, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann