ATP Tour

Nadal looking forward to Australian Open test

2019-12-31 17:00
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Rafael Nadal is fit and raring to go ahead of the Australian Open and ATP Cup, and says he is hopeful of being in "good shape" for the tests that lie ahead.

The 33-year-old will become the only man to be world number one in three different decades when the season starts in Australia, after he finished 2019 in seriously hot form.

It's a stark contrast from this time last year, when Nadal was recovering from ankle surgery. He still reached the Australian Open final, but was some way short of his best as he was comprehensively outclassed by Novak Djokovic.

This season, though, appears to be a different story.

"Hopefully we arrive in good shape," Nadal told the Australian Press. "We have five days to practice well before the competition.

"We are looking forward to play good here in the ATP Cup and then we are going to have one week in Melbourne before the [Australian Open] to start to prepare.

"We are excited to be here and to compete well at this great event."

Nadal also received a glowing report from one of his coaches, Francisco Roig, who added: "Rafa is spectacular.

"He's found some very good form. He's feeling confident in the way he is playing and his serve is really helping him.

"I think Nadal looks great. Now it's a question of maintaining his game."

- TEAMTalk

Read more on:    atp tour  |  australian open  |  rafael nadal  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy


When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.