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Nadal, in Australia: «Here I am»

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Rafael Nadal is already training in Australia. Just landed from Manacor, the Spaniard aims for the first Grand Slam of the year, which begins on the 17th, after a stop at the ATP 250 in Melbourne. It clears up the doubts, therefore, that the positive for coronavirus suffered ten days ago just after arriving from Abu Dhabi had raised. Nadal is aiming for the Australian Open. The Spanish tennis player, who played his last official match at the beginning of August due to the injury to his left foot and reappeared at the Abu Dhabi exhibition, aims for the goal of continuing in the fight for eternity, biting the Grand Slam 21 and breaking the tie with Roger Federer, on leave and without a return date, and Novak Djokovic, who, back with the Australian government’s restrictions to stop the advance of coronavirus, has not yet confirmed his presence in Melbourne Park. “Don’t tell anyone … here I am,” Nadal wrote on social networks to announce that he is already training in the Antipodes.

At the moment, he is aimed at the ATP 250 tournament in Melbourne, which begins this Thursday, and which will serve as a set-up in an official tournament after suffering another fat break due to injuries. After reaching the quarterfinals at the 2021 Australian Open (lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas) and the Monte Carlo Masters 1,000 (loss to Andrey Rublev) and the Mutua Madrid Open (lost to Alexander Zverev), he won his eleventh title at the Conde de Godó and the 1,000 Masters in Rome (before Djokovic). But his traditional bite in Paris remained in the semifinals, in the second defeat he concedes in his garden against the Serbian. And there, the alarms. The left foot was fighting again and had to watch Wimbledon and the Olympics from home. He tried to return to the circuit in August, to test himself at the US Open, but a suffered victory against Jack Sock and a loss against Lloyd Harris showed that the injury was not overcome. He wanted to fine-tune to start 2022 well, and despite two defeats at the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament, tennis and foot looked ready. An advance that the coronavirus put on alert after being infected in the Emirates tournament, as well as its coach, Carlos Moyà. However, despite the quarantine and some mild symptoms, the Spaniard has been able to continue with his roadmap at the end of 2021 and with the aim of starting with smiles in 2022. His main objective is the Australian Open, a A complicated place because the tennis players still do not know how their performance is and because it has been elusive on more than one occasion. He won in 2009, but has lost in the other four finals he has reached. However, the ambition remains intact and the fight for the Grand Slam 21 is a motivation of the great ones. .

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