Rafael Nadal injury: Spaniard offers encouraging update after Norrie Australian Open win | Tennis | Sport
Rafael Nadal insists his bothersome again harm is lastly starting to calm down after eliminating Cameron Norrie to achieve the fourth spherical of the Australian Open on Saturday. The world No 2 gained 7-5, 6-2, 7-5 to knock the final remaining Briton out of the Grand Slam in Melbourne.
Nadal has but to drop a set on the Rod Laver Arena having now seen off Laslo Dere, Michael Mmoh and Norrie.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion got here into the match with fears over his health after a again downside compelled him to skip ATP Cup motion for Spain final week.
Nadal even admitted after the win over Mmoh that his downside was “not under control” and that he was preventing “to find solutions every day”.
But after seeing off Norrie at Melbourne Park, second seed Nadal – who takes on Fabio Fognini within the fourth spherical on Monday – supplied his most encouraging update but.
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“It’s less pain. That’s all. The back was not getting better each day, it was getting better today,” Nadal smiled.
“Today is better, yeah. First day I feel an improvement, and that’s the most important thing for me today, more than any other thing.
“I would like to come back again to my regular serving. I used to be serving fairly nicely. So after all I used to be not serving my regular serve for the final 15 days.
“Today is the first day that I started to serve again my normal serve. But yesterday I didn’t practice, so today just warming up with the new, with the normal movement.
“So after all I did not serve unhealthy, however I can do higher, I feel. And I’m trying ahead to do it higher, no?
“It’s been an important victory for me. The biggest victory is the back is better for the first day. So that’s the most important thing.”
Nadal was not at his best possible in an empty Rod Laver Arena towards Nadal however was in a position to combat via.
He added of his efficiency towards 69th-ranked Norrie: “I did things well, things that I need to improve. Something normal.
“But, yeah, glad after all. Second week, straight units. Can’t complain.”
Asked about his impression of Norrie, the one-time Australian Open champion continued: “Good. No, I feel have been a very good opponent. He’s courageous. Yeah, his serve labored fairly nicely, particularly the primary serve.
“And then he has a very flat backhand, that today with that heavy conditions, ball was quite slow, court fast, so that helps a little bit to him.
“And, yeah, I feel he has an entire sport. I do not know what’s his rating right now, actually, however when you find yourself 50 or 40 or 60, after all you may go to the subsequent step.
“Why not? Is sometimes the ranking makes a big change with a couple of matches per year, no? There is a couple key matches per year that creates a big difference on the year-end ranking.
“So these form of matches can determine in case you’re gonna be 30 otherwise you’re gonna be 55, for instance, no? Because there’s a massive hole of factors in some key matches.
“His level, I mean, is good. He has a lot of positive things. If he’s able to keep improving, why not? I don’t see why he can’t reach that level.”