‘He’s improving every day’ – Spain’s ATP captain gives positive Rafael Nadal injury update

Rafael Nadal was once again absent from Spain’s ATP Cup team on Friday but he is ‘improving’ every day, according to his captain.

Nadal is yet to feature for Spain at the ATP Cup due to what he has described as a ‘stiff lower back,’ although he absence has not prevented last year’s runners-up from powering into the semi-finals.

With the Australian Open just a few days away now, questions persist over Nadal’s fitness, but the Spanish camp have assured fans there is little to worry about.

“He’s working very hard to recover his best feelings,” Spain team captain Pepe Vendrell said.

“Obviously he couldn’t play any matches during the week. It’s a situation that we have to study.

“But day by day he’s improving. We will see tomorrow if he can play.”

When pressed on whether Nadal would play on Saturday, Vendrell said: “We don’t know.

“We are going to talk tonight. He practiced and his feeling was better.

“We are thinking as a team. We [will] try to choose the better option for the team.”

Aside from a recent exhibition win over Dominic Thiem, Nadal has not played completive tennis since the ATP Finals in November.

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