Rafael Nadal says he is fully recovered from the injury that robbed him of his ‘positive feeling’ at the Australian Open.
Nadal says he travelled to Australia in confident mood, but that all changed when he suffered a back injury that kept him out of Spain’s entire ATP Cup campaign.
He managed to patch himself up for the Australian Open itself, although ultimately lost in the quarterfinals to Stefanos Tsitsipas despite commanding a two-set lead at one point.
However, as he prepares to play his first competitive tennis since that match at the Monte-Carlo Masters, he insists that injury is now behind him.
“Yeah was a tough time before the Australian Open, I had to find solutions every single day to try to play the tournament,” Rafael Nadal said.
“Finally I did it, was not a bad result, the quarterfinal, [but] was not as good as I would have liked.
“I felt very ready for Melbourne, but then after the problem on the back, 20 something days before the tournament start, I had this problem, so I lost a little bit the positive feelings.
“Then it take some time to be back on court, I had to do some treatment at home, took a couple of weeks to work in the right way again.
“But I am quite happy now, for the last one month I am practicing well. I was able to work as much as I like. So I am happy the way I arrived here.”
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