Australian Open 2021: Rafael Nadal says again ‘little extra stiff than typical’ forward of first-round match

Australian Open 2021: Rafael Nadal says again ‘little extra stiff than typical’ forward of first-round match

Nadal has been hitting the follow courts at Melbourne Park in a determined bid to be match and firing for the Australian Open, which begins Monday

Australian Open 2021: Rafael Nadal says back ‘little more stiff than usual’ ahead of first-round match

Rafael Nadal at a follow session in Melbourne forward of the 2021 Australian Open. AP

Melbourne: Rafael Nadal admitted Sunday he had been “struggling” for 15 days with a sore again and couldn’t assure he’ll play the Australian Open, with the damage threatening to derail his bid for a file twenty first Grand Slam.

The world quantity two sat our Spain’s ATP Cup marketing campaign in warm-up week, and he hasn’t performed a aggressive match because the ATP Finals in London in November.

His solely look since was an exhibition recreation in opposition to Dominic Thiem in Adelaide 9 days in the past, the place he first skilled stiffness in his again.

“Not nice clearly,” he mentioned of the again damage on the eve of the primary Grand Slam of the 12 months. “It is true that for the final 15 days I’ve been struggling.

“At first, the muscle was just a bit bit drained however I really feel (now) a bit of bit extra stiff than typical.”

The 34-year-old has been hitting the follow courts at Melbourne Park in a determined bid to be match and firing for the Australian Open, which begins Monday.

Nadal insisted the damage was “not severe” however remained not sure whether or not he would take to the courtroom for his first-round match in opposition to Laslo Djere of Serbia which is scheduled for Tuesday.

“The muscle remains to be tight, so it’s troublesome to play with freedom of motion,” he mentioned.

“We’re doing every part. My physio is right here, the docs right here, all people helps me in all doable methods. I hope to be prepared, that is all. I do know generally issues change fast.”

Nadal, who has a historical past of again issues, refused to be drawn into whether or not the 14-day mandatary resort quarantine gamers endured on arrival in Australia contributed to the damage.

There was a mounting damage toll forward of the 12 months’s opening Grand Slam, with Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka and defending champion Sofia Kenin amongst these carrying niggles.

“I am not an enormous fan of discovering excuses,” he mentioned. “When issues occur, you might want to discover a approach to get by means of.”

Nadal is seeking to edge forward of Roger Federer, who additionally has 20 Slam titles to his title, with the injured Swiss not taking part in in Melbourne. He plans to return to the ATP Tour at Doha subsequent month.

Nadal, the 2009 Australian Open champion, mentioned being wholesome was his prime precedence.

“The one factor that I can do is keep optimistic, work on restoration and do all of the issues that I can,” he mentioned. “Then I hope the state of affairs will enhance. Let’s have a look at.”

If he does take his place within the draw, Nadal is heading in the right direction to satisfy Greek rising star and fifth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas within the quarter-finals.

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