Rafael Nadal needs to avoid chronic injury, says pundit

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Rafael Nadal needs to avoid chronic injury, says pundit

In an interview to Tennis365 the commentator Mark Petchey spoke about the race for the year-end No. 1 rankings position involving Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Petchey said: “Rafa needs to think about the bigger picture and not get too focused on the year-end world No 1 ranking.

He has to make sure he avoids a chronic injury ahead of the Australian Open, which is not too far away and it will be tough for him to be at his best in London if he does have a slight injury problem in that area of his body.

An abdominal problem is not great for any tennis player to overcome. I pulled my stomach muscle in my playing days and it took a long time for me to overcome that problem and if Rafa has got a slight tear in it, he needs to look at what really matters."

Petchey feels pretty confident about Djokovic's chances: “Novak was awesome in Paris. After the loss against (Stefanos) Tsitsipas in Shanghai and his problem at the US Open, he has dusted himself down and looked in pretty imperious form last week.

His record indoors is second to none and these court surfaces allow him to play his brand of tennis incredibly effectively. The key for me what that he was serving superbly in Paris. His accuracy and power was there in abundance and when he starts serving like that, he is a tough guy for anyone to beat.

He is already a pretty immense player to take on, but when he is serving at his best and you are not getting into any of his service games, it makes the task even more difficult”.