Rafael Nadal says injury is ‘not serious’ but admits Australian Open concerns

Rafael Nadal has delivered another fitness update ahead of the Australian Open, insisting that his back injury is ‘not serious.’

Nadal was forced to miss Spain’s entire ATP Cup campaign after hurting his back in training.

And, while he is positive over his chances of overcoming it in time for the Australian Open, he admits he is ‘suffering’ at present.

“I did a lot of things to recover,” Nadal told reporters. “It’s not serious, but the muscle is still tight, so it’s difficult to play with freedom of movements today.

“Let’s hope [the] situation keeps improving. We are doing everything.

“It’s true that for the last 15 days I have been suffering with the back. So here we are. I tried little bit today to serve again.”

Nadal is due to begin his quest for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam against Serbian Laslo Djere this week, and he still expects to be able to make it.

“Well, I’m doing everything what’s possible to be ready for it,” he said.

That’s the only thing that I can say. Today I am still hoping to keep improving and hope to be ready for it.”

“The whole positive feelings that I had one week and a half ago, two weeks and a half ago now disappeared a little bit, of course, because I was not able to practice the right way the last week and a half.

“At the same time I’m still having not the best feeling possible on the back. But I am practicing again.”

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