Rafael Nadal withdraws from ATP Brisbane due to injury

Rafael Nadal

"I feel better than I did four days ago, but if I play here, I risk damaging my body for a month", he explained. And I am playing well, good tennis.

Despite a curtailed season, Nadal managed to win five titles past year, including a record-extending 11th French Open title that took his Grand Slam tally to 17.

"I prefer to be No. 1 than be No. 2, and I prefer to be No. 2 than No. 5. I showed I can play very well without competing for a while".

Nadal said he had been able to practice confidently since ankle surgery at the start of November, and felt better now than he did at this time previous year when he had less time to prepare and was coming off a longer injury-enforced break.

He also lost the world number one ranking to Djokovic, whose battles with the Spaniard are one of modern sport's greatest rivalries.




Lucky loser Taro Daniel will replace Nadal in the second round against Tsonga. "So if I don't play here, I probably secure that I'm going to be 100 percent ready for Melbourne".

"I hope so. That's why I'm here", he said. There were signs in both matches that he is still bothered by the hip problem which has derailed his last two seasons.

But speaking to Mundo Deportivo, Costa said: 'You do not exactly know who will be in the top 10 in November.

Consequently, he'll keep his physical condition in mind more than he has before.

"I feel good, but after a long period of time without competing, I felt the leg tightening a little bit in Abu Dhabi in the first match", he said, adding, "that's why I didn't play the second (match). My goal is just be happy doing what I am doing and be competitive all the ways that I'm playing", Nadal told a news conference on Tuesday. I enjoyed it a lot. So, yeah, tough year in terms of injuries. "And I really feel that my body is not going worse every year".

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