All eyes will be on Spain's Rafael Nadal ahead of next week's Australian Open 2019, which commences on January 14. He has a relatively easier draw but much will depend on his fitness in the tournament. Ahead of the first grand slam of the year, Nadal stated he is feeling healthy and approaching full fitness.
Nadal -- majorily ruled in clay court with as many as 11 French Open titles -- won the Melbourne tournament in 2009. He, however, has had a rough ride in the past few years with constant injuries ruling him out of the tournament midway. In the previous edition, Nadal was forced to retire from quarter-final against Marin Cilic.
Nadal said, "If I was not feeling good, I would not be here", the World No.2 said and cleared the air regarding his fitness. Nadal added that while he had struggled for fitness and had had setbacks, he remains confident of being able to perform in the first Grand Slam tournament of the season.
Nadal added, "It's nothing new for me. I just accept the challenges the body and the tennis present."
Nadal also paid rich tribute to his Scot friend, Andy Murray, who announced that Wimbledon can well be the last tournament of his career. Murray had added that while he wants to continue till the Wimbledon, his injury (and an unsuccessful hip surgery) is making things difficult for him.
Nadal called Murray a "great competitor" who had been part of some of the greatest tennis rivalries of all time.
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