Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Rafael Nadal - practice session report

World No.1 Rafael Nadal began his quest for a fourth consecutive major title as he stepped out onto Rod Laver Arena under a closed roof in muggy conditions for his first training session at Melbourne Park, less than a week out from the start of the Australian Open.

The 2009 champion, who arrived in Melbourne on Monday night after recovering from illness in Doha, looked relaxed as he rallied with Spaniard world No.32 and good friend Feliciano Lopez. The 24-year-old Spaniard, changing from a purple shirt into a blue one after enjoying a break with his entourage, focused on his main weapon, his powerful forehand, and was often praised by Lopez when he hit a winner.

After losing to Nikolay Davydenko in the semifinals in Doha last week, Nadal decided to push back his flight to Australia and spent two days resting in the Qatar capital as dealt with his illness. Despite the loss, and having contemplated whether or not to retire from the match, Nadal bounced back with fighting spirit, teaming up with fellow Mallorcan Marc Lopez to clinch the doubles title in Qatar for a second time.

The Mallorcan native's bid for a record-breaking fourth straight major, also being described as the 'Rafa Slam', will commence next week at Melbourne Park.

Courtesy: AO Website

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