Rafael Nadal feels he is still far from the level required to play at the Australian Open, which is scheduled to start on Monday, February 8. Nadal pulled out of Spain’s ATP Cup tie against Australia on Tuesday with a lower back problem and, despite improvement he remains below his best level.
“It’s not that I’m in a really bad way, but I’m also not alright in the sense that I can’t play either,” Nadal said. “I’ve improved a little but I’m not in a position where I can go and play a game at full intensity.”
He insisted, however, that that the all-time record was not something he was focused on. “First thing’s first, and that’s to play the Australian Open, and if that doesn’t go well, the season goes on,” he said. “I’ve never been obsessed with Grand Slams, truth be told.”