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Nadal nearing full fitness ahead of Australian Open

IANS  |  Melbourne 

Spain's said on Saturday he was feeling healthy and approaching full fitness ahead of next week's Australian Open, after his rival, Britain's Andy Murray, announced plans to retire due to

Nadal, who won the tournament in 2009 and has been dogged by problems for much of his own career, was forced to retire from last year's quarter-final against

"If I was not feeling good, I would not be here", the World No.2 said at a press conference in Melbourne, reports news.

Nadal, who pulled out of the Brisbane International due to a last week, said he was recovering well from foot surgery, and that while he had struggled for fitness and had had setbacks, he was confident of being able to perform in the first tournament of the season, which starts on Monday.

"It's nothing new for me", the 17-time winner said adding: "I just accept the challenges the body and the present."

He was speaking one day after his friend tearfully announced that he feared he would be forced to retire this season due to his struggles with

Nadal paid tribute to the Scot, calling him a "great competitor" who had been part of some of the greatest rivalries of all time.



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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 13:10 IST