Rafael Nadal provides fitness update as he prepares for Australian Open test

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Rafael Nadal says he is ‘feeling good’ as he steps up his recovery from ankle surgery.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner had a truncated season in 2018 as he battled injuries throughout, eventually cutting his campaign short before the ATP Finals.

Any fears he wouldn’t be ready for 2019, however, appear to have been misplaced.

“I am currently practising and getting ready for the start of the season,” he told The National. “Feeling good at the moment.”

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Nadal is set to take part in the Mudadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi – a prestigious exhibition tournament. He believes it will stand him in good stead.

“It has always been very helpful for the preparation.

“I think it reunites all the best conditions to adapt to the season starting in Melbourne.

“The atmosphere at the tournament is just perfect and it allows me to practise, play competitive tennis and have a good and enjoyable time as well.”

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