“The first four days were terrible, I couldn’t move. I had awful joint pain,” he remembers in detail. “I was either on the sofa or in bed, unable to move. I had a high fever. That was the first four days. Then I was very tired for three days. Around the eighth day, as I have a bike at home, I started to do half an hour very lightly in order to start working. Then I had a negative [test] and I was able to train the odd day at home. I decided to leave for Australia because I understood that it was best for me mentally and in terms of my tennis.”
“I know that I’m coming from a very tough situation. I understand that expectations are always high, because of what I’ve done in my career, but my approach is a little different. I will try to make every day, every training session, count. At the moment, I don’t feel like a genuine contender for what might come in a week. Later, you never know. Things change quickly in sport. What I have to do is be prepared for what might happen. If things improve, I’ll be here. You know I will give everything to try and have a chance. That’s why I’m here. Right now, my only goal is to stay on my path, work hard during the week and see if I am ready when I get there.”
- Stat of the day: Rafael Nadal has now won his last 9 finals in a row, and 14 of his last 15 | tennis.com
Rafael Nadal’s 7-6 (6), 6-3 victory over American Maxime Cressy in the final of the Melbourne Summer Set today brought him his 89th career ATP title, and extended his streak of winning at least one ATP title a year to 19 years in a row. But it also continued another impressive trend: Nadal has now won his last 9 finals in a row, as well as 14 of his last 15, and 20 of his last 22.
In addition to stretching his finals winning streak, Nadal also hit a pretty cool titles milestone after his victory in Melbourne—he now has a combined total of 100 career ATP titles, with 89 in singles and 11 in doubles. Among those 100 combined ATP titles are 20 Grand Slams (all singles), 39 Masters 1000s (36 singles and 3 doubles) and 2 Olympic gold medals (one singles and one doubles).
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Q. I just wanted to ask, you haven’t reached the semifinals at the Australian Open since you won the title in 2009. I just wondered if there’s anything you find difficult or challenging about the conditions compared to other Grand Slams. Also, do you think that this year it’s not normal for you to play a warmup tournament at Melbourne Park because that option hasn’t been there in the past. Do you think that will help you?
I am very sorry to tell you – I don’t want to – but I have been in the final of 2012, ’14, ’17, ’18. I got injured a couple of times here in my tennis career, so of course it’s been a great tournament for me, and of course I had a lot of challenges in terms of injuries in this event.
Sorry to correct you.Rafa Nadal