‘Not under control’ – Rafael Nadal says back injury still affecting him at Australian Open

Rafael Nadal says his back injury is ‘not under control’ despite powering his way into the Australian Open third round.

Nadal came into the tournament without a competitive match since November after having to miss the whole of the ATP Cup with what he described as ‘a stiff lower back.’

There were few signs that Nadal was hampered on Thursday as he demolished American Michael Mmoh 6-1, 6-4, 6-2 with what appeared to be effortless brilliance, but he later explained that there are still some real concerns over his fitness.

“No, not under control,” Nadal said when asked by reporters if he was on top of his back injury.

“I keep doing the things that I can. If you see my motion on the serve, it’s different than what I would like. But I’m trying to find solutions every day.

“The preparation, the last 15 days haven’t been the ideal one. But here I am, I won two matches in straight sets.”

“I have another opportunity to be on-court in two days and I have tomorrow to keep doing things, trying to find solutions for my back.”

Nadal will face British number two Cameron Norrie in the third round.

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