Rafael Nadal continues his march in these first days of the Australian Open. After winning his debut against Giron in three sets, the Majorcan tennis player closed the practice Yannick Hanfmann in as many sets showing a good performance and thus increasing his confidence in his tennis.
During the press conference, the Spanish champion drew up a first balance after these first two games "My scaphoid is split in half, it's a problem with no solution" -debutta Nadal- "It's something that won't go away for the rest of my life and it's a another aspect that can make me compete with more or less guarantees.
It is still too early to have a clear conclusion on this season. I don't think the conditions for the rest of my career will be perfect. We must face the future with positivism and sporting guarantees and I will not play without having reasons.
Suffering will always be worthwhile if there are motives, while suffering without motives, neither to enjoy nor to achieve goals, loses its meaning. I play because it makes me happy and because challenges motivate me."
Rafa expresses gratitude for his illustrious career
Rafael Nadal gave his thoughts on a wide range of topics during his press conference after reaching the third round of the 2022 Australian Open on Wednesday.
"Well, the positive thing is I achieved much more than I ever dreamed. I was able to spend almost 20 fantastic years on the tour. The rest of the things nothing positive because arrives in the end," Nadal said. "When you get older, the watch never stops, no (smiling)? That's the circus of life.
You need to accept that. But it's all good with me with that. In terms of tennis career, okay, you can say I'm more experienced. I don't get that positive point (smiling)," he added. Nadal added that he doesn't want to think long-term yet, as he is still fine-tuning his game and hasn't hit top gear.
"I don't know. I am in the third round. I need to win very tough matches to be there. Is not in my mind now. I have enough work I don't like," the Spaniard said. "I think playing against Khachanov now, probably Khachanov, going to be a big challenge.
Always is a big challenge against Karen." With Novak Djokovic out of the Happy Skan even before his first match, Nadal is the only one from the ‘big three’ in the fray for this year’s title. However, he will face some stern challenges from next-gen stars in the form of Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev.
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