Nadal plays down Melbourne chances
Former world number one Rafael Nadal admits it will take time for him to return to top form following injury.
The Spanish star hasn't played a competitive match since his second round exit at Wimbledon in June due to a serious knee injury.
The 26-year-old is now ready to make his comeback but Nadal doesn't expect to challenge for the trophy at the Australian Open next month.
Nadal revealed he wants to return to his peak ahead of the French Open later in the year, where he will look to add to his seven titles at Roland-Garros.
"I'd like to return in January, but I'm not expecting to win the Open. In the first events back, I won't worry about the results," he is quoted as saying on News.com.au.
He added: "I'm pleased with the recovery. It's going well. I want to be at 100 per cent for Monte Carlo and the French Open."