Novak Djokovic inched closer to a record-extending 10th Australian Open title after he overcame a sluggish start to defeat Tommy Paul 7-5, 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals at Melbourne Park, here on Friday.
Rafael Nadal, the defending champion at The Australian Open, is hopeful of retaining his championship in Melbourne as he claims he is in a fantastic shape despite suffering back-to-back defeats in the United Cup in Sydney.
During a stellar first half of the 2022 season, Nadal won the Australian Open and French Open. However, an abdominal injury interfered in his second half of the season. The Spanish star tennis player who was making his return in the United Cup has lost back-to-back matches and did not get an expected start.
“It’s true that the last couple of tournaments I wasn’t able to play to my standards and here at the beginning of the season I lost two matches in Sydney, but honestly, I am not unhappy with the preparation,” Nadal was quoted as saying by new.com.au.
“I need to win matches for sure. But the preparation is going quite well, practicing a lot and I think I am in good shape. Then you need to demonstrate that in the matches, in the official tournaments.” he further added.
Nadal also expressed how hopeful he is about the upcoming Australian open as he claimed that he is confident enough and his past few practice sessions are going well.