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Rafael Nadal on the stretch Australian Open

Rafael Nadal gives worrying fitness update, confirming his back problem is ‘not under control’

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Rafael Nadal has confirmed he is still struggling with his back injury despite easing into the Australian Open third round.

Nadal has a history of back problems, and he was forced to miss the whole of Spain’s ATP Cup campaign in the lead-up to the tournament because of the issue.

For the most part it has not appeared to be bothering him at the Australian Open, though, with him not losing a set in either of his opening two matches.

However, when asked if he was over the problem, Rafael Nadal told reporters: “No, [it’s] not under control.

“I keep doing the things that I can. If you see my motion on the serve, it’s different than what I would like. But I’m trying to find solutions every day.

“The preparation, the last 15 days haven’t been the ideal one. But here I am, I won two matches in straight sets.”

“I have another opportunity to be on-court in two days and I have tomorrow to keep doing things, trying to find solutions for my back.”


Rafael Nadal on the stretch Australian Open
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