The time trial has begun for Rafael Nadal. After arriving in Melbourne, the Manacor Bull has a big week to get through practices, sets and training matches and build his confidence on Australian soil. The defending champion, Nadal, will be aiming for his 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, but the road ahead will be long. After a complicated second half of 2022 with few matches, Rafa is behind. In the United Cup, he was dominated by Alex De Minaur and Cameron Norrie.
Reassuring about his physical condition, the Bull of Manacor confided in a press conference not to be so worried: “I do not like to compare, every year and every situation is different, so I do not care. You never know what can happen, because a year ago at the same time it seemed impossible to imagine what would happen next, today it seems complicated that it happens again. I’m going to work hard these two weeks to get better physically, play some series and practice against the guys, that will help me gain consistency. I’m not too alarmed or negative about what happened, there was a real possibility of losing those two games, last year I also lost the games in Abu Dhabi. I have a lot of room for improvement, I think I can do it, I came very close to beating two great players here,” he said. To be continued… In any case, Nadal will hit the balls without counting for 10 days and will undoubtedly arrive in good shape at the first major event of the year.
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