Rafael Nadal, of Spain, center, is interviewed by the news media as an image of him is displayed on a tent at the Miami Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, March 24, 2015, in Key Biscayne, Fla. Nadal plays his first match Friday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Lynne Sladky
March 24, 2015

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Rafael Nadal says he'll compete at the Miami Open despite turning his left ankle in practice on Monday.

Nadal has a bye and isn't scheduled to play until a second-round match on Friday. The third-ranked Nadal will play the winner of the match between Nicolas Almagro of Spain and Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine.

Nadal, who has reached four Miami finals but never held the trophy, initially thought his ankle injury might prevent him from playing this week.

But he spent more than an hour practicing on Tuesday. Nadal consulted his personal trainer as well as ATP trainers, who agreed the injury wasn't severe and didn't require an MRI or X-ray.

The Spaniard, sidelined by injuries in the last half of 2014, is coming off a quarterfinal showing at Indian Wells.

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