Rafael Nadal vulnerable ‘without a doubt’ after ‘more than usual’ defeats - watsupptoday.com
Rafael Nadal vulnerable ‘without a doubt’ after ‘more than usual’ defeats
Posted 14 Jan 2023 04:34 PM


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Spanish legend Rafael Nadal accepted that he is a tad vulnerable going into the 2023 edition of the Australian Open. The World No.2 lost two back-to-back matches this year at the United Cup after losing to Cameron Norrie and Alex de Minaur respectively. Nadal, who is also the defending champion in the men’s singles at Melbourne Park, accepted the fact that he has lost a little more than normal in recent times. Of course. Yeah, without a doubt. I have been losing more than usual, so that's part of the business. Just accept the situation. I think I am humble enough to accept that situation and just work with what I have today. I need to build again all this momentum. I need to build again this confidence with myself with victories. But it's true that I have been losing more than usual. Nadal also lost to Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz 7-6, 7-5 in a practice match before the hard-court tournament gets underway on Monday, January 16. “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. 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. However, having practiced hard, the veteran said that he is pretty good shape. I already have been here for three weeks, practicing every day with those conditions, with the best players. That helps a lot in general terms, Nadal won the Australian Open final after beating Daniil Medvedev in a thrilling five-setter. Nadal, also the winner of 22 Grand Slams, lost the first two sets before storming back into the match. It was also Nadal’s second Australian Open title. The 36-year-old Nadal is now set to face USA’s Jack Draper in the first round of the championship on Monday, January 16.

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