Nadal prepared to be patient

03 February 2013 04:53:28 EST

Rafael Nadal insists he will be patient during his comeback which starts this week after an eight-month lay-off at Chile's VTR Open in Vina del Mar.

The Spaniard has slipped to number five in the world rankings but is scheduled to play a first-round doubles match with Juan Monaco on Tuesday against the Czech team of Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy.

I have to take it slowly and be humble to know that things won't be as good as they were before my injury.

Rafael Nadal

His singles campaign will begin on Wednesday after he was handed a first-round bye as he is the top seed.

Nadal is 4/7 to win this year's French Open and 4/1 to emerge victorious at Wimbledon.

The 11-time Grand Slam champion said: "I need weeks of working [on] the circuit. This is my first week and I don't think the goals are the same that the ones I will have in two more months.

"I have to take it slowly and be humble to know that things won't be as good as they were before my injury. I need to be patient.

"If my knee doesn't hurt I have no fear. I've had had more serious injuries in the past and I got stronger after them. This is the injury that has sidelined me the longest so maybe it will take me a bit longer to get back my confidence, the good feeling on court, but if my knee doesn't hurt I don't see why I couldn't get back my movements and game style."

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