On his way to winning the title in Acapulco last week, Nadal admitted he was playing without limitations for the first time in 18 months.
“For me the most important thing, whether it hurts or not, is that I can play without limitations and that’s what I couldn’t do last year and a half.
“In many moments I played with a lot of pain and problems. Right now I feel liberated. It’s incredible energy and I’m enjoying it.”
The BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells begin next Wednesday with the WTA main draw, while the ATP main draw begins on Thursday.
The Miami Open then begins on March 21, and if Nadal can do the ‘Sunshine Double’ he will break Djokovic’s record with 38 Masters 1000 titles.