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Nadal feeling "healthy again" ahead of Australian Open

Nadal feeling 'healthy again' ahead of Australian Open

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After four months out with injury, the world number two made his return in Sydney on Monday and says he is ready for the Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal is "healthy again" after making his on-court return at an exhibition event in Sydney on Monday.

Nadal was expected to feature at last week's Brisbane International but opted out of the ATP 250 event after suffering a small strain of his left thigh.

It was the latest setback for the 17-time grand slam champion after struggling with knee and ankle problems in 2018, his last appearance coming at the US Open.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The man himself is back in #sydney and playing #fast4 tonight!  #tennisaustralia

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However, the Spaniard was able to play for almost an hour at the Fast4 event in Sydney against Nick Kyrgios – a match he eventually lost 4-0 3-4 5-3.

"I really enjoyed it a lot, playing tonight here," Nadal said. "I'm happy to be back on court and then happy that I'm healthy again.

"I think it was a good start for me, a good comeback to the action in front of a fantastic crowd. [But] I need to [find] a little bit more rhythm."