MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Rafael Nadal said the Spaniard’s 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win to advance to the Australian’s third round after a 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 win His game has been improving with every game since he was injured for a long time. Open this Wednesday.
The only former champion in the men’s tournament at Melbourne Park, Nadal has 20 Grand Slam titles, tied with injured Roger Federer and world number one Novak Djokovic, who was relegated from Australia before the tournament began.
A second Australian Open title would not only break the triple tie at the top of the sport’s history list, it would also make Nadal the second man to win all four Grand Slam titles twice since the sport was commercialized in 1968.
However, Nadal has repeatedly said that his only goal at the first Grand Slam tournament of the year was to stay healthy, on his return to the circuit after recovering from a long leg problem and contracting Covid-19 last month.
Nadal, who won the practice tournament for the Australian team, said, “I said before the tournament starts, things are not going to be right, but every day I spend on the court, the chances of playing better are higher.” Open this month. , in its first competition since August last year.
“I think I’m doing things well. I’m excited to be here again in the third round, after whatever I’ve been through. To be honest, I don’t feel much pressure on my shoulders. I do. I don’t feel it.”
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly)