Rafael Nadal tells it like it is. After losing earlier today to Milos Raonic in Brisbane, Nadal warned that his 5-1 start to the season (including his exo Abu Dhabi title), doesn’t mean diddly.
“Last year I felt that I was ready, played great in Abu Dhabi, played great in Doha, I had a good week of practice in Melbourne, and then I lost in the first round,” Nadal said. “So you never know, and you cannot predict.”
Nadal was making his Brisbane debut this week, but even that doesn’t matter!
“I know I played good Australian Opens playing Doha, good Australian Opens playing Chennai, and very bad Australian Open playing Doha,” he added.
So moral of the story is, with Nadal, early season results are meaningless!
But at least Nadal is playing well and playing with some confidence. And I should say AT LEAST HE’S PLAYING AT ALL!! So there is in fact some meaning.
“The only thing that is in my hands today is try to keep working the same way I am doing,” Nadal said. “I try my best in every moment. I work so hard to come back after the injury in Mallorca, and I feel that I am on the right way.
“But as I said before, I said in Abu Dhabi a couple days ago, no, is not a question, I cannot analyze my game or my results only in Abu Dhabi, Brisbane, and Australia. When you come back a period of time, you didn’t play tennis, you need, you know, longer — you need to see a little bit, overall a little bit more.
“Looking overall first two weeks of the season have been positive for me, and I cannot focus only on Australian Open, no? Let me play for three months, and then we will see what I am, no, because, you know, I can go to Australia and I can play very well, but at the same time, I can lose. You never know what’s going on.
“But probably after Miami gonna be a good moment to analyze a little bit what’s going on and to see where I am being realistic, because you can play some good matches, but you need to see a little bit more tournaments in a row to analyze a little bit your real performance.”
For Rafa’s sake, I hope he gets a good draw in Australia and we don’t see another first round stunner like we did last year against Fernando Verdasco.
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