Rafael Nadal calms injury fears ahead of Australian Open: ‘I will be ready’
Rafael Nadal has attempted to calm injury fears ahead of the Australian Open, insisting he is fit enough to win it.
The Spaniard endured an injury-plagued 2018 that finished with ankle surgery, and sparked concern when he withdrew from the Brisbane International last week.
However, he says he is ready to fight for the title in Melbourne, and he is in much better shape than he was last year.
“My hope is to win the Australian Open. That’s the hope, always,” the world number two told reporters.
“We’ll see how the things improve [with the injury]. And being honest, I feel myself playing well.
“I feel myself playing at a good level of tennis. And I feel myself with very high motivation to compete and to play.
On his withdrawal from Brisbane, he added: “It was terrible news for me that things were not the way that I planned.
But coming back from a period of time outside of the competition and coming back from a surgery, you know, there’s always a chance that this kind of stuff happens.
“It (the injury) happened in Abu Dhabi. But I really believe that I will be 100 percent ready for Melbourne.
“Last year, in my opinion, my situation was much worse.
“And I was in a quarterfinal winning two sets to one to be in that semifinal.
“I showed myself that I can be playing very well without competing for a while.
“I’m going to work as hard as I can, and I’m going to play and practice to do all I can to be 100 percent ready for Melbourne.
“For me it’s a big goal to be ready for there and I’m going to fight for it.”
More from Tennis365:
Boris Becker on what happens next for Alexander Zverev after a turbulent 2020
German legend Boris Becker is backing Alexander Zverev to win his first Grand Slam title in 2021.
Dominic Thiem dismisses calls for the Australian Open to be cancelled
US Open champion Dominic Thiem insists next month’s Australian Open should go ahead despite players being in quarantine.
Timeline of Andy Murray’s injury nightmare as he pulls out of Australian Open
Andy Murray is out of next month’s Australian Open here we look at the timeline of Murray’s injury troubles since 2017.
Andy Murray ‘gutted’ as he shelves plans to play at Australian Open
Murray has been unable to solve a quarantine conundrum.
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal learn their fate in ATP Cup draw
Serbia will begin…
‘Really unjustified’ – Boris Becker leaps to Novak Djokovic’s defence over his quarantine pleas
Boris Becker believes world No.1 Novak Djokovic has come in for unfair criticism after writing a letter to Australian Open chiefs.
Umpire suffers heart attack as another Australian Open player tests positive for Covid-19
Spanish player Paula Badosa has announced she has tested positive for coronavirus during quarantine in Australia.
Laura Robson unsure about tennis future after third hip operation
The 27-year-old said her priority now is to live a pain-free life.
Andy Murray believes he can still play at the Australian Open as he plots return to action
Former world No.1 Andy Murray is still hopeful of playing in next month’s Australian Open.
Players are urged not to feed the mice in their hotel rooms as Heather Watson turns to Tik Tok
Britain’s Heather Watson has turned to Tik…