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Nadal withdrew from this month’s Masters 1000 doubleheader in Indian Wells and Miami suffering a recurrence of the hip problem which forced him to retire at the Australian Open in January.

The 31-year-old was told to rest for four to five weeks and was scheduled to return at the Mexican Open in February.

But he pulled out and set his sights on returning for the start of the clay court season in April at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he has won 10 times.

That remains the goal for Nadal, who has been told to completely rest in a bid to minimise any stress on his hip.

But his doctor Angel Ruiz Cotorro has told Spanish outlet El Espanol that the injury sustained by the 16-time Grand Slam champion should not have occurred after his initial period of rehabilitation.

“Medicine is not two by two, it is not an exact science, unfortunately,” Cotorro said.

“What happened to Rafa can happen, but because of his evolution there was nothing that made us think that this would happen.

“He was training normal, very strong, and without noticing any discomfort. Nor did he feel charged. Suddenly, in a movement, he had a puncture and … Sometimes these things heal, it seems that everything is fine, and it can happen.

“We have studied it and it is not usual what happened, it should not have been repeated in the time we have had.

“Five weeks was more than enough time to recover.”

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