Nadal Fitness Concern at Brisbane - Withdraws to Prepare for Australian Open


Nadal in an interview on the ATP website said his hope is to win the Australia Open as he will be 100 per cent fit in five days.

"If I play like I played previous year, I played so well all the tournaments that I played, and at the end I have a chance, fantastic".

"He has done the comebacks for so many times in his career that you always believe that he can do it again", said Djokovic after reaching the Qatar Open quarter-finals on Wednesday.

It continues a trend for Nadal, who withdrew or retired mid-match during all but one of his hard-court tournaments last season.

Unfortunately it will be on the practice court after the world No.2 withdrew from the season-opening Brisbane International for the second straight year.

"But no doubt that the person that is more affected and the person that suffers more in this situation is me". Despite this dismal record due to his injuries, Rafa is confident that he will be playing his best tennis at the Australian Open.

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"So I will not (chase) the number one because it's not my main goal".

"I have experience, I have knowledge of these things happening".

He said injuries, "just sometimes happen".

"I want to feel myself competitive every week that I am on court and I want to keep fighting for the things that really make me feel alive, you know, for the things that motivate me. I'll probably be 100% in five days", he added. And I am playing well, good tennis.

Nadal said that he would not play in Brisbane because of a left thigh strain, prompting yet more fears over the 32-year-old's long term future in tennis.

"And was awful news for me that things were not the way that I planned, but coming back from a period of time outside of the competition and coming back from surgery, you know, there's always a chance that this kind of stuff happens".