Rafael Nadal set to return from hip injury at Davis Cup

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Rafael Nadal in motion in Mexico (Getty Photographs)

Rafael Nadal will make his return from a hip injury at the Davis Cup after being named to Spain’s group that may face Germany within the quarterfinals.

Nadal, 31, has not performed on tour since retiring within the fifth set of his final-eight match towards Marin Cilic at the Australian Open in January.

He has continued to worry by the hip concern and was pressured to withdraw from the Indian Wells Masters and Miami Open.

Nevertheless, Nadal — who will return to world No. 1 after Roger Federer’s loss to Thanasi Kokkinakis in Miami — will play some half in Valencia starting April 6 as Spain seems to seal a semifinal berth.

He’ll line up alongside Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta, Feliciano Lopez and David Ferrer.

“Rafa is getting higher, getting out of the injury and coaching extra,” Spain captain Sergi Bruguera stated. “There’s nonetheless every week and a half left earlier than the video games begin and there’s time [for him to be fit].”

With Federer opting out of the clay-courtroom season, a match Nadal will probably be concentrating on an eleventh French Open title at Roland Garros in Might ought to he stay wholesome.