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Rafael Nadal describes injury as ‘day by day’ despite Australian Open win

Rafael Nadal says he doesn’t really know where he is with regard his recovery from injury, but he is happy to be winning.

Nadal brushed aside Marcos Giron in straight sets in his Australian Open first round match and did not look to be struggling at all with the foot problem that ended his 2021 season early.

He, though, is keen to not take anything for granted with his comeback, insisting his past experience has taught him to be cautious.

When if he was over his injury, Nadal said: “Well, it’s difficult to think about it now, but, you never know.

“As I say a lot of times, when could you comeback from injuries that, unfortunately I know about it very well, things are always difficult and you need to go day by day.

“You need to accept the mistakes. You need to forgive yourself when the things are not going the proper way, because that’s the only way.

“You know at the beginning the things are going to be difficult.

“Of course, you will not have the best feelings sometimes on court, but staying positive, playing with the right energy and, of course, being on the tour, practising with the guys and winning matches, for sure, helps and last week had been important for me.

Rafael Nadal made a winning return to action this month when he won the Melbourne Summer Set, and he says that the signs from there were definitely positive.

“I won three matches,” he said. “I won a title. It’s always beautiful and I think I am doing better and better.”

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Michael Graham, Editor, has been a professional sports journalist for his whole career and is especially passionate about tennis. He's been the Editor of for over 5 years and loves watching live tennis by visiting as many tournaments as possible. Michael specialises in writing in-depth features about the ATP & WTA tours.