Australian Open: Five things to watch
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Rafael Nadal has refused to confirm if he has spoken to Tiger Woods regarding his back injury. Nadal is still suffering with the injury which forced him to withdraw from the ATP Cup matches against Alex de Minaur and Stefanos Tsitsipas last week. The Spaniard has made it through to the third round of the Australian Open though after beating Michael Mmoh in straight sets on Thursday.
Nadal is good friends with golf legend Woods, who has had a number of back injuries of his own during his career.
After the win over Mmoh, Nadal was asked if he would be talking to Woods for advice on the issue.
But the 34-year-old was not giving anything away in his press conference.
“If I am talking to him, it’s something between him and me, and that’s it,” Nadal said.
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“Sorry for that. I can’t say private conversations here.”
Nadal gave a worrying update on his condition, saying it is “not under control”.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion says he will continue to search for solutions to aid the issue.
“No, not under control, honestly,” he added.
“No, I am going to keep doing the things that I can.
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“If you see, my motion on the serve is different than what I would like, but I am trying to find solutions every day. I just keep fighting to find a solution.
“Of course, yeah, the preparation the last 15 days have not been the ideal one, but here I am. I won two matches in straight sets.
“I have another opportunity to be on court in two days, and I have tomorrow to keep doing things and trying to find solutions for my back.
“We are doing everything possible to try to be better and better and still alive.
“So still alive, still hope to be better and to try to be competitive. Let’s see.”
Nadal will face Brit Cameron Norrie in the third round on Saturday.
Norrie overcame Roman Safiullin in four sets in the second round.
The South Africa-born star says he is looking forward to the challenge.
“Sweet. For someone like me, I don’t think about the draw but I saw yesterday he was next to me,” Norrie said when told he would face Nadal.
“I’ve never played him before so it will be a great match, a great experience. I can’t wait to show him what I’ve got.”
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