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Rafael Nadal and The Davis Cup Team gave an interview in the studio of a Spanish radio station in Valencia #DavisCup
Spain's Davis Cup team will face Germany in Valencia starting on Friday and Rafa Nadal hopes to put some difficult months through injury behind him, having admitted that he would have preferred to play fewer Grand Slams if it meant he had less pain now.
Speaking alongside team-mates David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Roberto Bautista and Pablo Carreno, with captain Sergi Bruguera, he was honest about his pain.
"I would swap having played a Grand Slam for having suffered less pain," he admitted.
"I think that throughout my career I have missed more tournaments than my rivals.
"I cried in Acapulco and in Australia, they are complicated times, injuries are the reality of any athlete but they are tournaments which pass and won't come back."
He is now excited for the Davis Cup, with the Spaniard set to make his first appearance in the competition for over two years.
"I like the court in the bullring in Valencia, we have played in bullrings before in Madrid, Alicante, Cordoba, always with good results," he said.
"I don't know if I will play or not on Friday, we'll see how the week goes.
"I'm very hopeful and I hope that my body will respond well physically because the last five months have been complicated, since Shanghai.
"When my knee recovered in Australia, then came the back injury."I can't wait to get back playing and I'm here to try.
"After a difficult time of late, Nadal is again feeling optimistic about the future.
"My dream is to be happy, the most important thing is being healthy and being with people I love," he explained.
"After, I can keep playing tennis as much as I can."
A huge Real Madrid fan, Nadal was also questioned on his view on the potential signing of Neymar, though he was not convinced.
"I don't know if I would like it if Madrid signed Neymar, it depends," he said pensively.
"I understand that he's a great player but it depends what the signing would mean.
"I would like to see him play in Madrid the same as I have seen other great players in Madrid but not at any price."