A back problem forced him to give up the ATP Cup, and now in view of his debut at the Australian Open Rafael Nadal admits that the condition is not yet at the top. "Obviously I'm not at my best - said the Spaniard no.2 in the world, winner once in Melbourne in 2009, expected on Tuesday in the field against the Serbian Laslo Djere - otherwise I would have played the ATP Cup.
In the last two weeks my back it hurt, I started to feel pain in Adelaide (where Nadal spent the quarantine as soon as he landed in Australia ed) after the first training. Today I tried some serves: I'm doing everything possible to be ready.
I don't want to think that I don't I will play. I have been training well, for many weeks, and I am bitter about what has happened in the last fortnight. All the positive feelings I had two and a half weeks ago have faded a little.
Nothing serious, but I cannot play freely" It is not the first time that the Majorcan has faced a tournament not in top condition. "Starting like this, with problems, obviously isn't ideal - underlines Nadal -.
I can only stay positive, work to recover and hope that my conditions improve" On the rest of the season, the unknown covid remains. "We have to see how the situation evolves - says the Spaniard - The priority is health.
It is necessary that everyone is protected: we must be fully responsible. My goal is always the same: try to remain competitive in every game I play during the year" Recently, Nick Kyrgios has opened up on Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer at the Australian Open.
Kyrgios on Rafael Nadal
"I don't think we have ever seen someone maybe so dominant in their period of time as Novak Djokovic, like he went on that obviously 60-match winning streak or something really crazy. I actually think talent-wise Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic aren't even close to Roger Federer.
Talent-wise, just purely based on talent the way Federer plays, his hands, his serving, his volleys, untouchable. Rafael Nadal you will never see someone so dominant on one surface ever. I don't think we will ever see that amazing accomplishment on clay, the best clay courter of all time.
Nadal, I actually think, I match up quite well against Nadal. I can serve big and play kind of the right style of tennis to be successful against him. Styles make fights in tennis. All the matchups are different" - Nick Kyrgios said.