Rafael Nadal is immersed in his week of preparation before the defense of his title at the Australian Open. After arriving in Melbourne last Thursday, the Manacor Bull has a big week to practice, train and build 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, two very solid players but not at the top.
In comments reported by The Age, Rafa was rather positive before the first big match of the season. “Well, it’s true that in the last two months I haven’t been able to play much tennis and at the beginning of the season I lost two matches in Sydney, but honestly I’m not unhappy with the preparation. I need to win matches for sure. But the preparation is going pretty well, I am training a lot and I think I am in good shape. Then I have to show it in the matches, in the official tournaments. But I am confident, if I am able to have this last week of positive training, why not?” he said. What to reassure his fans.
Reassuring about his physical state, the Bull of Manacor had confided in a press conference in the United Cup, already, 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 continue to hit the balls without counting for a week and will undoubtedly arrive in good shape at the first major event of the year. Enough to win?
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