Spain's Rafael Nadal 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 injury.
"If I was not feeling good, I would not be here", the World No.2 said at a press conference in Melbourne, reports Efe news.
Nadal, who pulled out of the Brisbane International due to a thigh strain 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 Grand Slam tournament of the season, which starts on Monday.
Nadal paid tribute to the Scot, calling him a "great competitor" who had been part of some of the greatest tennis rivalries of all time.
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