Injury-plagued Rafael Nadal hoping to claim Australian Open title


2019 Australian Open

14-27 January 2019

Melbourne Park, Victoria, Australia
 

Rafael Nadal will go in search of just his second Australian Open title when the tournament gets underway at Melbourne Park on Monday, 14 January.

Nadal has won this Grand Slam tournament just once, back in 2009, and last year got as far the quarterfinals before retiring with injury in the fifth set of his clash with Marin Cilic.

Rafael Nadal got as far as the quarterfinals in the 2018 Australian Open.
Rafael Nadal got as far as the quarterfinals in the 2018 Australian Open.

The Spaniard bounced back to win the French Open title (his 17th Grand Slam triumph) later in the year, but his 2018 was one often disrupted by injuries.

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Nowhere was this more evident that the US Open, where as defending champion he reached the semifinals but was forced to retire injured after the second set against Juan Martin Del Potro.

Rafael Nadal won his only Australian Open title back in 2009.
Rafael Nadal won his only Australian Open title back in 2009.

Nadal fans would have once again been worried about the 32-year-old’s health when he pulled out of the recent Brisbane International, but he came through an exhibition game in Sydney earlier this week and declared his fitness for the Australian Open.

The left-handed player is seeded second for the opening Grand Slam of 2019 and will hope to come up against traditional foes Roger Federer (number 3 seed) and Novak Djokovic (number 1 seed) in the battle for the championship.
 

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2018 Australian Open champions


Men’s Singles – Roger Federer
Women’s Singles – Caroline Wozniacki
Men’s Doubles – Olivier Marach & Mate Pavic
Women’s Doubles – Timea Babos & Kristina Mladenovic
Mixed Doubles – Mate Pavic & Gabriela Dabrowski


2019 Men’s Singles top five seeds (at the time of writing)


1 – Novak Djokovic
2 – Rafael Nadal
3 – Roger Federer
4 – Alexander Zverev
5 – Kevin Anderson


2019 Women’s Singles top five seeds (at the time of writing)


1 – Simona Halep
2 – Angelique Kerber
3 – Caroline Wozniacki
4 – Naomi Osaka
5 –Sloane Stephens

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Published: 01/11/2019