'There was a chance that Rafael Nadal wasn't...', says expert

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'There was a chance that Rafael Nadal wasn't...', says expert

A better start Rafael Nadal certainly could not ask for on the day of his Australian Open debut. Clear and no-fuss victory against Giron in three sets and good sensations for the continuation of the slam. The press conference that followed was very interesting and was full of reflections.

The Majorcan tennis player scrupulously investigated the problem he had with his foot last year, then answering some very interesting questions on the "Goat" issue and on the Novak Djokovic affair. "Today was a great start, I think I played a good game, better than last week, it's a process that improves day by day.

I can't complain about anything, I served well, I did what I had to do and now it's the time to train hard tomorrow to be able to play even better in the second round "- commented the Spaniard number five in the world -" I would have signed with my eyes closed three weeks ago just being here, when I was devastated lying on the bed.

But I would also have signed a month and a half ago, when I didn't know if I would play tennis again at a medium-high level. The pain in my foot has not allowed me to train normally for a long time and this recovery will be difficult because I have competed in very few events for two years and because I am older" - he commented with his usual bluntness.

Davenport comments on Rafa Nadal

Lindsay Davenport feels that playing best-of-five matches on the fast hardcourt surfaces in Melbourne could be taxing for the Spaniard's body. However, she claimed that she wants him to win Slam No.

21 in Melbourne as it would stand him in good stead for the rest of the season. "It's great to see Rafael Nadal back out there healthy but three out of five sets on a hardcourt, on his body, I just don't know. I mean I wanna see him get to 21.

I think so much good could come out of it if Rafa has a great tournament and potentially wins here but lets see physically how he holds up," Lindsay Davenport said. Davenport, however, added an air of caution by reminding viewers that Nadal could have missed the Australian Open due to his foot ailment and positive COVID test.

"We got to remember, there was a chance that Rafa wasn't even gonna come. Not only the foot, (but he also) tested positive for COVID in late December. So everyone was thrilled when he got off the plane and showed the picture of himself on Rod Laver Arena," she added.

"But I think it's probably a big ask at this tournament, the courts are playing very fast. He's played seven tournaments, each of the last two years."