Tennis - Carlos Moya, the coach of Rafael Nadal, says that the Spaniard's training sessions in Melbourne have been good and that he would step in the coming days as he begins his preparations for the Australian Open. Nadal practiced twice on Friday, one in the morning and the second time in the afternoon.
In an interview to El Espanol, Moya commented, "The two training sessions have been very positive after arriving late last night. We want to make a small adaptation to the weather and also to the track. Starting tomorrow, he will start playing training sets to try on and he will continue to do so in the coming days. Rafa is fine, with confidence and playing at a good level. And we are optimists. We think it will be fine to play the tournament, if nothing gets twisted or changed."
Nadal did not play any warm-up events and pulled out of the Abu Dhabi exhibition event and also the ATP Brisbane International due to his knee injury. He is expected to play the Tie Break Tens event in Melbourne on January 10 - his only competitive action prior to the Australian Open.
Nadal ended the season as World No. 1 after winning the French Open and US Opens last year. He reached the final in Melbourne last year, going down to Roger Federer in a thrilling five-set final.