Rafael Nadal: 'If things are going well, I’m only going to...'

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The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, current number 6 in the world, assured from Abu Dhabi that his left foot is better, that he hopes to be able to manage the pain and be able to compete again, and it is that at 35 years he considered that he still has "fire inner "to fight for his goals as long as he is healthy.

"If I am healthy, I still have the inner fire to continue and fight for my goals," Nadal said at a press conference in Abu Dhabi, where he will play the Mubadala World Tennis Championship, an exhibition tournament that will mean his return to the courts from the last August.

Nadal will return to the track this Friday at the Mubadala exhibition in Abu Dhabi, when he faces the British Andy Murray or Dan Evans. It will be his first game since his defeat in the ATP tournament in Washington against Lloyd Harris, more than 130 days ago.

"I'm very happy to be back. It's not about pain. I had pain many times during my career, most of the time, it's more about having the opportunity to be able to handle the pain to compete well," he argued.

The Spanish considered that he needs to try to play in competition. "Of course I feel better, otherwise I wouldn't be here. I know the comeback won't be easy. I don't have high expectations right now.

Rafa intends to take things slowly

Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has been away from the Tour for a considerable amount of time now.

Speaking on this subject, Rafa stated, “It’s going to be super difficult for me. If things are going well, I’m only going to play one tournament before Australia and these two matches here so the number of hours on court at the competitive level before such a tough and demanding tournament like Australia will be not much but the main thing is still always the same – be healthy”.

The 35-year-old is level on 20 Grand Slam titles with rivals Novak Djokovic, who is also on the entry list, and Roger Federer, who will miss the tournament. Nadal won his only title at the Major in 2009, and has since been a runner-up four times (2012, 2014, 2017 and 2019).

This season, Rafael didn’t compete at a Grand Slam after the French Open as he skipped the Wimbledon Championships and the US Open due to the foot injury. If Novak does decide to compete in Australia, it’ll be interesting to see Rafa and Nole go head-to-head for their 21st Grand Slam title.