Rafael Nadal has admitted that he is not yet fully fit, as he continues to regain his fitness following a seven-month lay-off.
Nadal has been in good form since his return, reaching the final of the VTR Open in Chile and winning the Brazil Open in Sao Paolo a week later.
The former world no.1 will play his third clay event in four weeks as he looks to continue his successful Latin American tour with a win in Acapulco, Mexico. The 26-year old has dropped to no.5 in the ATP Rankings and will be desperate for success.
However, Nadal admitted that he is yet to fully recover from his knee injury and still feels intermittent pain on the court.
“It’s better and I’ve been able to compete, but it’s still bothering me,” admitted the Spaniard. “It’s better on some days and worse on others, which isn’t ideal for someone like me, because my idea of competing is based on giving it all at all times.
“The pain continues, but I can’t specify what the level of pain is,” he added. “It’s clear I am not 100 percent.”
Nadal faces Argentine qualifier Diego Schwartzman in the first round in Mexico.