Nadal confident for Australian Open despite Brisbane withdrawal

Mae Harvey
January 5, 2019

"It's a small thing that could become much bigger", Nadal would go on to say.

Nadal, who claimed his 17th Grand Slam title at Roland Garros a year ago, has not played a competitive match since September.

However, Rafael Nadal believes that not only will he be fit for the Australian Open but will also be a strong contender for the title.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion hasn't played a competitive match since September but says he is confident he will be ready to compete at the Australian Open, which starts on January 14 at Melbourne Park.

Nadal, who said he first felt the injury at the Abu Dhabi exo, thinks he'll be ok for the Australian Open.

Nadal hasn't played on the ATP tour since withdrawing from the US Open midway during his semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in September 2018.

Nadal, the current world number two, has not played a main tour event since a knee problem forced him to retire during his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro in September previous year.

The 17-time Grand Slam victor has waited until 2019 to try to return in full form after a year which was successful but plagued by physical problems, reports Efe news.

Taro Daniel, a lucky loser from qualifying, will take Nadal's place in the Brisbane International draw and will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round on Thursday.

Yet the 17-time grand slam victor insisted he would be 100 per cent fit for the Australian Open. "So if I don't play here, (I'm) probably secure that I'm going to be 100 percent ready for Melbourne".

"Really my only goal is to keep doing the things that makes me happy, and today playing tennis makes me happy, and I want to do it the best way possible and as long as possible".

"As I said before, and especially for the tournament, especially for the fans, that this is the second year that they are not going to have the chance to watch me play here".

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