“They told me that if I didn’t have the operation I wouldn’t recover even if I stopped for a long time. I took the decision, and the operation went well, but it’s a long time," Nadal explained during an interview for Movistar + in September.
“My hope is to play again, to be competitive again. The hope is not returning and winning at Roland-Garros again, or in Australia, let’s get that straight. I’m aware that at this point of my life, that is very far off.
"I’m not saying it’s impossible, I’ve said it thousands of times, because things in sport change very quickly."
In the past couple of months, the 37-year-old has boosted his fans with several social media posts from his practices and rigorous workouts at his academy. For a player who has endured so many injuries, Nadal is the expert at a comeback.
Still, this process took another relentless day-to-day schedule for the current world No.663, with gruelling hours in the gym and in recovery routines alongside his tennis training.