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Australian Open: Rafael Nadal embarks on new journey without Uncle Toni

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal embarks on new journey without Uncle Toni

But the Spanish star said Saturday he feels good and his motivation remains strong.

"Roger and Rafa's year last year has shown age is just a number, especially in Roger's case", said Djokovic, 30.

Rafael Nadal showed that talk of his demise had been exaggerated by winning the French and U.S. Open titles previous year although he faces a battle to repeat those feats without his lifelong coach and uncle Toni while also fighting familiar injury troubles. I started little bit later than what I expected... "I've done really everything in my power, with a team of people around me, to enable me to be right here and to compete in Australian Open". "The club in Kooyong is great, but at the same time the conditions of play are completely different from here", he explained.

He will face Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos in the first round of the Australian Open at the back of injury issues.

"I don't know how my body's going to behave this year or any other year. The job was done the right way".

The Serbian former world number one has been out of action for six months, and while he enjoyed having his first real break since turning professional, he is ready to get back to business.

Not only can he clinch a 17th Grand Slam in Melbourne, but he also has the opportunity to join Roy Emerson and Rod Laver as only the third man in the Open era to win each of the four Grand Slams twice.

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"For me, the Australian Open. if you are not enough motivated, 100 percent motivated to play this tournament, probably you don't love this sport".

The 2008 champion and current world No. 47 kicks off her campaign against a player ranked one place higher, Germany's Tatjana Maria.

"Everyone starts from zero".

"I thought I had everything under control but then after that first set, everything kind of slipped away from me", Dimitrov said.

It has been an encouraging start for Kyrgios, who has always struggled to control his emotions while wielding one of the most devastating games on the ATP Tour. "Hopefully I can do so (in Australia)".

Toni Nadal is now coaching at the Rafael Nadal Academy, with his nephew under the tutelage of Carlos Moya. He has enough confidence with me, or I have enough confidence with him, to talk about anything I have to talk.

"In terms of professional things, I spoke to him few days ago, speaking about how the life is going, how the tennis is going. If he have something to tell me, he call me and tell me".


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