Sport Rafael Nadal discusses question on his toughest opponent at the Australian Open

16:16  13 january  2018
16:16  13 january  2018 Source:   ibtimes.co.uk

Nadal to join Djokovic at Kooyong Classic

  Nadal to join Djokovic at Kooyong Classic Rafael Nadal, who has been under an injury cloud due to a knee complaint, will play at the Kooyong Classic on Tuesday.World number one Rafael Nadal will step up his Australian Open preparations by featuring at the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne.

Rafael Nadal 's miserable Grand Slam run continued as he was sent crashing out in the Australian Open first round after a five-set defeat to Fernando Verdasco. Questions will be asked about Rafa's working relationship with his uncle Toni.

Nadal only faced two seeded players on his way to the title and the highest ranked opponent he The Grand Slam season started for him in Melbourne at the Australian Open . Can anyone beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer to win the US Open ? in LastWordOnSports’s Hangs on LockerDome.

Roger Federer hitting a tennis ball © Provided by IBT Media (UK) Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal wants to take on every opponent but has refused to name the player who would prove to be the toughest draw at the Australian Open, which begins on 15 January. The Spaniard is hoping to be at his best for the tournament and wants to keep all expectations aside when he takes on Estrella Burgos in the first round.

Roger Federer has been termed the early favourite going into Melbourne following his exploits last year, where he defeated Nadal in the finals in a five-set thriller. Both players went on to have an impressive year and will be looking to repeat their performance in 2018 where they will face competition from the other big hitters who missed the majority of last year through injury.

Nadal upbeat despite Kooyong loss

  Nadal upbeat despite Kooyong loss Spaniard Rafael Nadal was left upbeat despite suffering a loss at the Kooyong Classic.World number one Rafael Nadal remains confident he will be ready for the Australian Open after making his return from injury with a loss.

I play against a tough opponent . He beat me in Australia this year. World No. 5 Rafael Nadal begins his campaign for a fourth Indian Wells title against fellow left-hander Gilles Muller on Sunday. Rafael Nadal , the 2009 champion, will begin his bid for a second Australian Open title with a first

(AAP) – Rafael Nadal appears to have passed his Australian Open fitness test with flying colours despite losing his practice match at the Kooyong Classic. The world No.1 fell to Richard Gasquet 6-4 7-5 in their exhibition match in Melbourne on Tuesday but, more importantly

Both Federer and Nadal came back from a tumultuous 2016 after missing major parts of the season through injury. In 2017 they scripted a memorable comeback as the duo claimed two Slams each to end the year as the two top-ranked players of the season.

Nadal won the French Open and the US Open, while the Swiss ace took his tally to 19 with the Australian Open and Wimbledon. The duo picked up a total of 13 titles between them and rolled back the years as the new generation failed to have an impact.

Nadal and Federer will be joined by the likes of Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka who have recovered from setbacks that ended their 2017 early. The Serb is back fit after a long drawn elbow injury while Wawrinka last featured at Wimbledon in July and had to wrap up his season without much joy.

Berdych wins Tie Break Tens

  Berdych wins Tie Break Tens Tomas Berdych won the Tie Break Tens tournament in Melbourne, beating Rafael Nadal in the final. The quick-fire precursor to the Australian Open, where all matches were the first to 10 points, concluded with Berdych scooping the £250,000 prize with a 10-5 win.Tie Break Tens also saw Novak Djokovic's return continue, although he lost 10-6 to Lleyton Hewitt in the first round. Djokovic, earlier this week, played his first match after a six-month absence due to injury, but he will be fit to start the Australian Open.

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The Spaniard is planning to have the same impact he had in 2017 amid the increased competition but has refused to name the players who will pose the toughest test.

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"I don't think about that. I think about first round I play against Estrella Burgos. I go day by day as I always did. Is going to be the first official match of the year. Don't make sense to think farther than that," he told the Australian Open's official website when asked to name his toughest opponent.

"I am looking to have a good practice this afternoon, good practice tomorrow, and be ready for Monday. That's my goal. And let's see. Important for me is beginning of the tournament this year."

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Nadal breezes past Dzumhur in Melbourne .
Another straight-sets win for Rafael Nadal against Damir Dzumhur serves as an ominous sign for his Australian Open rivals.Rafael Nadal maintained his perfect record at this year's Australian Open with a 6-1 6-3 6-1 victory over Damir Dzumhur.

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