Rafael Nadal feels ready for the 2023 Australian Open.
The reigning Melbourne champion has been struggling. In the United Cup, he lost to Cameron Norrie and Alex De Minaur. This raises questions about his health for the season’s first Grand Slam.
In a recent interview, the World No. 2 admitted he hasn’t played up to his typical standards, but he’s eager to defend his championship in Melbourne.
“It’s true that I haven’t played well recently, and I lost two matches in Sydney to start the season, but I’m not disappointed with my preparation,” Nadal remarked.
“I’m healthy. You must prove it in matches, but if I can have a good week of practise, why not?
Nadal is the top seed at the Australian Open after Carlos Alcaraz’s hamstring injury.
“This is probably the most unexpected.” “Rafael Nadal’s 2022 Australian Open win
Rafael Nadal won the 2022 Australian Open in dramatic fashion, emerging from two sets down to upset Daniil Medvedev 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5.
The 36-year-old was returning to the tour after a six-month break when he won.
“This is an unexpected one.” Awkward. The ultimate comeback is essential to him, he said.
Since becoming a father, he’s made some changes.
“You definitely need more organisation. But it’s my first time. So I need some time to modify everything that will let me stay the same, but I have everything I need to keep going,” he said.