No mistakes this time, vows Nadal

BARCELONA - Rafael Nadal expects to begin 2010 training tomorrow as he makes up for time lost during a couple of injury absences this past ATP season.

BARCELONA - Rafael Nadal expects to begin 2010 training tomorrow as he makes up for time lost during a couple of injury absences this past ATP season.

The world number two, boosted by a Davis Cup title for his nation at the weekend over the Czech Republic, should have no motivation problems as he picks up his regime at home on the island of Mallorca.

"I'm not changing my plan, I don't want to make the mistakes of the past season," said the four-time French Open winner who lost at Roland Garros for the first time in his career six months ago and was also unable to defend his Wimbledon title due to knee injuries.

The Spaniard has admitted that he made a huge physical and tactical error by cramming in too many clay events last spring, with the tipping point his insistence on playing in the Madrid Masters.

After winning a four-hour-plus semifinal against Novak Djokovic, he was not himself a day later when he lost the final to Roger Federer, with the Swiss also going on to lift the Roland Garros trophy a few weeks later.

Once he did return to the sport in August, Nadal was not the same as before.

"I had a physical problem in the last tournaments of the year," said Nadal, who claimed his last ATP honour in May in Rome. - Sapa-DPA

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