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Nadal feeling good despite preparation worries

Despite no longer taking part in an respectable fit in preparation, Rafael Nadal remains to be assured heading into the Australian Open.

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Spaniard Rafael Nadal

World primary Rafael Nadal believes he’s in a position and in first rate shape forward of the Australian Open.

The Spaniard withdrew from tournaments in Abu Dhabi and Brisbane after starting his arrangements for 2018 later than same old amid studies he was once nonetheless suffering with a knee harm.

For the primary time in his occupation, the 16-time grand slam champion will head into the yr’s opening primary with out taking part in a aggressive fit within the lead-up.

Despite that, Nadal, 31, stated he felt in first rate sufficient shape forward of a first-round conflict towards Victor Estrella Burgos.

“It’s the first time I am here without playing an official match in my career. It’s a new situation for me. But I feel good,” he informed a information convention on Saturday.

“I think that I had a good week and a part of practices. Remain this afternoon and the next day, the remaining follow sooner than the contest begins for me.

“I in reality hope to be in a position. I think myself roughly taking part in smartly.”

Nadal virtually claimed a 2nd Australian Open identify remaining yr, handiest to be edged by way of Roger Federer in an exciting ultimate.

But the 2009 champion pushed aside tips that consequence gave him further motivation this yr.

“It’s impossible to be more motivated than last year or any year. For me, the Australian Open always, if you are not enough motivated, 100 per cent motivated to play this tournament, probably you don’t love this sport,” Nadal stated.

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