MELBOURNE, NETRALNEWS.COM – Spanish world tennis player Rafael Nadal says he does not set any targets in the 2017 Australian Open. He says he only focuses on engaging the tournament at Melbourne Park one match at a time.
“I do not know [if I will become champion or not.] It does not make me concerned, since I am not thinking about it. I am only focusing on the first day and the trainings I do every day,” Nadal said.
Nadal’s Australian Open campaign did not end well last year, as he was eliminated in the first round. He also starts the tournament in Australia this year seeded at 9th.
Thus, Nadal has to defeat many tough opponents to move up to the next round. Nadal’s world ranking dipped due to the left-handed tennis player not participating in many tournaments last year due to his injury and recovery.
The last time Nadal won a Grand Slam tournament was in the French Open in 2014. His highest achievement over the last two years was only getting to the quarterfinals. Hence, it is normal that many now doubt Nadal’s preparedness to compete directly at Grand Slam level.
“You cannot say that I am ready or not. We will have to see. The only thing I can say is that I have trained well. I enjoy each training session, and I feel I am ready to participate in this tournament,” Nadal said. Nadal will meet German tennis player Florian Mayer in the first round of Australian Open. (*)