Toni Nadal jokingly tells what Rafael Nadal needs to happen to Novak Djokovic

Nadal is hoping to be ready to play at the Australian Open.

by Dzevad Mesic
Toni Nadal jokingly tells what Rafael Nadal needs to happen to Novak Djokovic
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Toni Nadal is optimistic that Rafael Nadal will be able to play at the Australian Open and jokingly remarked the next thing they need is Carlos Alcaraz, Novak Djokovic, and Daniil Medvedev to get injured. Nadal, 37, is working on returning from the psoas surgery but there are no guarantees that the 22-time Grand Slam champion will be able to play at the Australian Open.

While Nadal was injured this year, Djokovic won three Grand Slams and Alcaraz lifted one Major title. “He wants to play the Australian Open. I’ve seen him practicing these last few days. He’s practicing much better.

Now what we need is an injury of Alcaraz, Djokovic, and maybe Medvedev. We need them to have a lot of problems, then Rafa can play very good," Toni Nadal told Majorca Daily Bulletin.

Nadal aims to play again in January

When Nadal underwent surgery on his psoas muscle in June, he revealed his estimated recovery time was five months.

At that moment, it was known that Nadal would not play again in 2023 and likely focus on being ready for the start of the 2024 season. That has exactly been the case as Nadal is now preparing and hoping to be ready to make his comeback in January.

"My first realistic option to be back on the professional court would be January in Australia. But right now, I really can't confirm something I don't know. Nothing has changed in the last few weeks except for the fact that I'm training a bit more than before, which is an accomplishment for me and my mental health," Nadal said this week.

Nadal has been practicing for quite some time now but he is still feeling pain. "I'm not training without pain. I'm in less pain than I used to be, but I'm still in pain. However, this pain allows me to do more and more things eventually.

Things would be different if I had zero pain. I could give you a date for my return if I had zero pain because I would have time to prepare myself for that," Nadal said.

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