Rafael Nadal Practices with Sixth Different Partner in Melbourne ahead of First Round


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Rafael Nadal Practices with Sixth Different Partner in Melbourne ahead of First Round

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal has completed another training session at Melbourne Park on Sunday - this time with fellow Spaniard Jaume Munar - who also trains at the Rafa Nadal Academy in Manacor, Spain. Nadal and Munar practiced for almost two hours on Sunday in Melbourne.

As per the Spanish daily Marca, since landing in Melbourne, the Spaniard has trained with six different players including Jannik Sinner, Stan Wawrinka, David Vega, Andrew Harris, Dominic Thiem and now, Munar. The aim is to get ready for his first round match on Tuesday against Bolivia's Hugo Dellien.

Nadal is aiming to win his second singles title at the Australian Open and the 20th Grand Slam title of his career. That would tie him with Roger Federer for most number of Grand Slam titles for the first time in his career.

The Spaniard is in the opposite side of the draw as compared to Federer in Melbourne. Federer, seeded third, is drawn to meet second seeded Novak Djokovic in one half of the draw while Nadal is slated to meet Russian Daniil Medvedev, who stretched the Spaniard to five sets at the US Open final, in the other semi-final.

Nadal comes into the event having competed at the ATP Cup in Australia, where he helped Spain reach the final before they went down to Serbia. At the end of last season, Nadal helped Spain win the Davis Cup competition. He won two Grand Slams in 2019 - the French Open and the US Open - which helped him finish the season as World No. 1.