Rafael Nadal can benefit from Thanasi Kokkinakis withdrawal, says Wilander

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Rafael Nadal can benefit from Thanasi Kokkinakis withdrawal, says Wilander

Speaking on Eurosport the seven-time Grand Slam winner Mats Wilander commented on Thanasi Kokkinakis wirhdrawing from his second round match against Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. The Swede said: "He is so talented.

I want him to do so well. Nick Kyrgios and kokkinakis are probably still good friends, there were a lot of talks about them. But it's all over the body, knee injury, shoulder, abdominal. So many little things and at some point you have to wonder, is it training? Are you doing the right things? Is it the physioterapist? Because you should be able to get the body heal at some point.

You can be like, Let's train enough in order to compete on Tour, but not compete at 100 percent. Just go step by step." Wilander believes Nadal will benefit from not playing the second round: "It's a good thing because Rafa could have gotten a massage only at 1:00 or 2:00 AM.

This day off is going to be very healthy. He doesn't need to play one more match to get more confident." Meanwhile Chris Evert previewed Naomi Osaka v Cori Gauff match: “They both have something to prove in this match.

Coco will really get an accurate reading on where she is, compared to the other women. And Naomi has something to prove, too. She has to prove that she’s really No. 1 in the world and that, even though she’s had a mediocre year (lately), she can still find that ‘A game’ when she needs to.

Coco is playing like a top-20 player now. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if she did win the match, from just the way she’s been playing and what I’ve seen."