In an interview broadcast in recent days, Dr. Angel Ruiz Cotorro reflected in The physical state of Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard comes from two consecutive defeats in the United Cup, and now he will have to defend his title in the Australian Open 2023 of Novak Djokovic’s assaults.
Doctor Cotorro said reassuring Nadal’s fans: «Rafael is fine, his form is improving and he is progressing little by little after the problems he had in the second half of 2022. Despite losing two matches in the Copa Unida, He did not play badly and I am sure that he will arrive at the Australian Open in optimal conditions».
The Spanish champion, winner of 22 Grand Slams, analyzed his 2022. He recounted: “The first part of my season was incredible, exciting, because I had come from five very complicated months and my foot was not well yet.
Also before Abu Dhabi I had covid and needed to stay home for ten days before I could start training again. It’s no coincidence that a couple of days after arriving in Australia I wasn’t even too sure if I could play.
Then I started playing well, but I never imagined that I could even win the tournament.»
Rafael Nadal will have to defend his title at the 2023 Australian Open
Nadal has started 2023 in the worst possible way, having lost the first two games of the season for the first time in his long career.
The former world number 1 was beaten by Cameron Norrie and Alex de Minaur in the United Cup, giving the impression that he is far from peak form. An alarm bell that cannot be underestimated ten days after the start of the Australian Open, in which the Spaniard will be called upon to defend his title.
If we also include the end of last season in the discussion, one cannot fail to notice how Rafa has lost six of the last seven games played on the circuit. His only victory came against Casper Ruud in the group stage of the ATP Finals in Turin, also when the matches had finished.
The 2023 Australian Open will begin on January 16 at Melbourne Park and the Spaniard has plenty of time to recover.