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'I'm trying to be ready for everything': Rafael Nadal hoping to shrug off injury concerns ahead of busy month featuring ATP finals and Davis Cup controlled by Gerard Pique Rafael Nadal is in contention to end the year as world No 1 once more The 33-year-old could become the sport's oldest year-end top ranked player But injuries are once again hitting the Spaniard at the end of the season 

By Mike Dickson for MailOnline

Published: 16:10 GMT, 8 November 2019 | Updated: 16:14 GMT, 8 November 2019

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Over the next ten days footballer Gerard Pique will be among those anxiously monitoring Rafael Nadal, whose fitness is in its usual perilous state at this time of year.

Nadal is a key component at this month's Davis Cup finals in Madrid – promoted and controlled by Pique's own marketing company – but first he has to get through the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena.

Seven times the Spaniard has either withdrawn during, or missed altogether, these eight-man championships after qualifying for them, and now he is nursing a minor abdominal injury.

Rafael Nadal is hoping to stay fit throughout November for the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup

Rafael Nadal is hoping to stay fit throughout November for the ATP Finals and the Davis Cup

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Barcelona star Gerard Pique will be hoping Nadal is fir for the Davis Cup finals he now later controls and promotes later in November

The 33 year-old was non-committal about his chances for an event which could see him become the oldest year-end No 1 in history if he were to reach the final while winning all his group matches. Otherwise he could have it snatched off him by Novak Djokovic.

'I started yesterday, very slow,' said Nadal. 'For me the main goal is to be healthy for Monday. I'm confident I can be competitive but you need to be 100 per cent ready. I hope to be serving every day.

'Davis Cup is another big event. I'm doing what

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