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Rafael Nadal: Grand Slam record holder excited to continue playing tennis after recovery

Rafael Nadal says he has recovered well after winning the Australian Open and is “excited to just keep playing tennis,” at the Acapulco Open; the Spaniard also believes Russian Daniil Medvedev “deserves” to overtake Novak Djokovic and become the new world No 1

 

Rafael Nadal says he is “excited to just keep playing tennis” as he looks to continue his perfect start to the 2022 season in Acapulco.

The Spaniard is 10-0 for the year, collecting a trophy at the Melbourne Summer Set before his incredible record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

 

Nadal produced an historic five-set comeback against Daniil Medvedev in the final in Melbourne and the duo are on another collision course at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.

“I am here because I feel that I can,” said 35-year-old Nadal. “After Australia there have been some super happy moments, the emotional moments to be back home and share it with the people that I love.

“Bu then of course, the body goes down a little bit. But honestly it was not that bad so I was able to start practising relatively early again.

 

“I feel that I want to keep going and that’s why I’m here. I am excited and I know the draw here is a big challenge, but I’m excited to just keep playing tennis.”

Medvedev is in charge of his own destiny in his bid to overtake Novak Djokovic a top the ATP Rankings, knowing a title in Acapulco would see him rise to No 1.

 

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