According to Toni the thigh injury happened the day before he left Mallorca for Abu Dhabi.Damn. I already felt something wrong when I saw him withdrew from the 3rd place match in Abu Dhabi. Hopefully he will be 100% fit and healthy at Australian open 2019. Fingers crossed
So he had the injury before heading to Abu Dhabi. Explains why he was playing oddly against Anderson. Wasn’t serving his usual way, wasnt running to every ball.According to Toni the thigh injury happened the day before he left Mallorca for Abu Dhabi.
Toni Nadal: "Rafa will not be affected by Australia not having played the previous months"
The uncle and former coach of the Balearic tennis player appreciates the decision of the world number 2 to give up Brisbane
SER CHAIN 03/01/2019 - 00:05 h. CET
Rafa Nadal will not play in Brisbane. The Manacor announced on Wednesday morning that he would not play the tournament in the state capital of Queensland. The aim of the Balearic is to arrive in good conditions to the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open, in which he would participate with only one match played in the last five months.
His uncle and former coach, Toni Nadal , tells El Larguero why this resignation. "He has a muscle strain that was made here in Manacor the day before traveling to Abu Dhabi," he explains.
"Rafa has explained the subject and told me that there were doubts and that they have advised him not to do it, that he has nothing worrying, but you have to be careful, theoretically it is nothing and that as a precaution it is best not to play" , he adds.
"If Rafa kept playing like this, he had the risk of relapse to be a month away," says Toni, now focused on the Manacor Academy.
well, last year he was not ready."I really believe that I will be 100 per cent ready for Melbourne”.....that is incredible, people assume he'll only be 70% but he's thinking about 100%
Cilic pushed Federer to 5 sets, and Nadal led Cilic 2 sets to 1, so Nadal wasn't too far off.....so if Nadal can duplicate last year's AO level, he may win the AOwell, last year he was not ready.
If he had been, he would have easily beaten the peque in a couple of hours, then more rested he would have defeated Cilic in straight sets, he would not have had problems in defeating the British in the semifinals before facing Federer again in the final.
So, is it true that Spanish will reach 100 percent this time?
mmm ... pretty doubtful.
look nadal and australia they do not seem to get along too well, even if appearances deceive.Cilic pushed Federer to 5 sets, and Nadal led Cilic 2 sets to 1, so Nadal wasn't too far off.....so if Nadal can duplicate last year's AO level, he may win the AO
yeah its been so tragic that if he's up a break in the 5th set of this year's AO final it'll be surprising if he winslook nadal and australia they do not seem to get along too well, even if appearances deceive.
the initial romance is often transformed into Shakespearean tragedies.
Well, it looks like it would match up with the shoes I posted a couple of days ago which supposedly were for the clay season.
Rafa's Zoom Cage 3 for the clay season 2019
i agree Rafael will give birth to a lot of kids after he retires, you can see he genuinely enjoys being around them, not just for the camerasIs there ever a player who puts as much back into the game with kids etc? Don't seem to see anyone as much as Rafa give a lot of his time to them. Fantastic.
Fast4 Tennis tournament in Sydney, an exhibition event
January 6, 2019
Rafa has arrived in Sydney:
He will play on Monday, January 7. The event will start at 7:30 PM (local time).
Michal Samulski: "Grigor Dimitrov has withdrawn from Monday's FAST4 Showdown in Sydney. He will be replaced by John Millman, who will team up with Nick Kyrgios (Team Australia) to clash against Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic (Team World)."
He’s still got his H2H lead over him 3-2 so its cool lol. And Kyrgios is a good player. Always step it up against the big players. Plus it’s early days for Rafa right now.
After his withdrawal from the Brisbane tournament, Rafa has practiced serving only in 2 training sessions - on Friday & Saturday.rafa played fast 4 today against kyrgios and lost 0:4 4:3 3:5.
his serve motion is different to...not as much like abu dhabi but different.
His movement has improved significantly compared to Abu Dhabi, that is a good sign, meaning his injury is healing. The magical footwork is not fully there, but I put that down to lack of match play, it will only get better barring injury. He is now able to dance around his backhand better and has brought the inside out and inside in forehand back, which was missing against Anderson.
and the only reason why Kyrgios won this fast4 match is because Rafael hit a smash into the net on the last point, so it was literally on Rafael's racquetHe’s still got his H2H lead over him 3-2 so its cool lol. And Kyrgios is a good player. Always step it up against the big players. Plus it’s early days for Rafa right now.
Excellent news if true. I hope he can have one more go there without experiencing any physical difficulties, he's had a tough time in Australia a few times before. The tournament looks promising and with Rafa in contention it would be an even better spectacle.Rafael said he's almost 100%