Originally Posted by Rocky89
I agree with you, I'm really bummed out too.
I was feeling pretty positive about his return until these recent interviews. From his comments I feel like he is preparing us for many withdrawals after Abu Dhabi. I personally don't think he should even play if his knees are still bothering him.
Nadal would have to be a fool to talk himself up. This is the perfect opportunity to become the underdog for EVERY match. Usually he can only convince people he's the underdog for a meeting with Federer (see AO 2012 when he said he would not be ready to compete because he hadn't adjusted to his new racquet weight). This is Nadal's dream scenario, so don't think for a second that he would speak positively, even if he was secretly 100%.