Tennis: Rafael Nadal targets Australian Open

Former world number one Rafael Nadal says his goal is to be fully fit for the 2015 Australian Open and also competitive enough to mount a serious challenge for the title in Melbourne. Nadal missed the ATP World Tour Finals in London last week after having to undergo surgery to remove his appendix.

The 28-year-old Spaniard has had multiple injury problems lately and doctors confirmed his rehabilitation included stem cell treatment. "I have a month before Australia to get to my best level," said Nadal. "I hope to be healthy enough to work as much as I need and want, and if that happens I really feel confident I can come back strong."

Nadal won the French Open title in June 2014, his ninth triumph in Paris in the last 10 years. His comeback will begin in an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi on 1 January. Then Nadal will play at the Doha tournament after winning the title there last year. The Australian Open starts on January 19th.

Rafael Nadal is currently 7/2 at Bet365 to win the Australian Open in 2015.

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  • Ukraine timidi


    I hope that he can be ready for Australian open. I miss to watch best player on the world. With all respect to Djokovic and Roger Federer I think that if rafa is healthy he will be at first place on the world this year. He is just a lot better than anybody and if he stay healthy I think maybe next year he could be number one again :)

  • Serbia sebeksk


    Nadal is going to create bigger competition between top 3 players, and in good health he can beat anyone. If he enter next year without injuries, it will be very good season for tennis lovers. Djokovic will have one more player to take if he wants to keep number 1 position in the world.

  • Serbia Shumar4life


    Nadal is good player, but main question in what kind of form is he now, and how can that affect to his play in Melbourn. I believe that he has enough quality to be at the semi final, but it depends of the form of the rest of the players such as Djokovic and Murray. It wouldn't be easy for him that is for sure

  • Romania galata86


    Nadal is great player, one of the best I ever watched but we must admit that the best days of his career is behind him. I don't liek Djokovic a lot but with Nadal like this and Federer who is in late age for tennis I think that in this moment Djokovic is the best but soon some new players will come and I think in next few years on first place won't be Djokovic, nadal or Federer.

  • Serbia Shumar4life


    Nadal has huge problems at the start of the season. He lost his first semifinal on the clay in Rio, and this could be first sign that his star is falling down to the hill. Fognini uses his situation,and it will be interesting to see that will he come back on the top of his game, or he will continue to falling on the ATP list. We will have to wait to see his reaction

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