Spain's Rafael Nadal

Spain's Rafael Nadal has a fitness battle to be ready in time for this month's French Open.

The 13-time champion in Paris was hampered by a chronic foot injury as he failed to reach the quarter finals of the Rome Masters.

Nadal, who only recently returned from a stress fracture in his ribs, said he would take a doctor with him to Roland Garros.


Photo: PHOTOSPORT  Caption: Nadal with the Australian Open silverware