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In a press conference ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne, an event that Nadal has triumphed in twice, in 2009 and last season, Nadal denied that he had plans to retire in the next half-year, nor was he considering retiring from the sport at all.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in six months. I have a very good relationship with Zverev, but not enough to confess something like that to him. The reality is that I’m here to play tennis, try to have a great 2023, fight for everything that I have struggled throughout my career and I don’t think about my retirement.
“You think about it week after week because that’s how you show me at every press conference. But I will answer the same every time you ask me”.
- Rafael Nadal unhappy with ‘worse’ Australian Open balls | tennishead.net
“They say (it) is the same, but the ball is worse quality, without a doubt,” Nadal said, “I think it’s a ball that doesn’t get the same spin as usual. After a couple of hits, the ball loses the pressure. It’s more difficult to hit with the right spin.”
“I think it is easier to play when you play flatter on the shots. But I need to live with it. I think I have practised enough with the ball to be ready for it.”
“The real thing is I have been losing more than usual. Yeah, that’s the truth. I need to live with it and just fight for the victories,” Nadal said. “By the way, I didn’t play that bad the first two matches the year. I lost against two great opponents, but having very positive chances to win both matches. I already have been here for three weeks, practising every day with that conditions, with the best players. That helps a lot in general terms.”
“I’m going to keep working because in the end I think I am in an improvement moment that I have been better and better every single week. I feel faster in the legs. I feel playing better with more confidence. The past three weeks of preparation here have been very positive from my point of view. Then I’m going to go on court and I’m going to try my best,” Nadal said.
VIDEO: Pre-tournament press conference
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