The 2019 season began negatively for Rafael NadalThe Spaniard, who returned to compete after a rest, made his debut in Mubadala World Tennis Championships before Kevin Anderson at 4-6, 6-3 and 6-4. Although he has to play the last match of the competition (for the third and fourth place of the competition), No. 2 on the rink ATP He decided to leave the tournament in order to maintain his physical condition before Brisbane ATP 250,
Manacor claimed that his refusal to participate in the championship was caused by ailments that he suffered after ankle surgery: “I had an operation a little over a month ago, it’s normal when I have pains”. To be honest, I am satisfied with how I played tennis today, and I am more or less satisfied with my performance today at the physical level, it was a difficult match from three sets, and I didn’t play sets before taking part here. ”
Because of the discomfort, Nadal confirmed to the organizers that he could not play in a duel for the third and fourth place of the World Tennis Championships in Mubadal. "I have normal pains after a long time without a game, so I do not play, I take a couple of days to rest, the season is just for me, it was the goal to be here, I tried to recover after the operation, which was recently time, and I I wasn't sure I had a chance to start the season, "said the 32-year-old.
In addition, Rafa admits that he very well contests this competition and that, despite all his efforts, he did not want to miss this event: “Last year I missed this event at the last minute and did not want to miss it again. I need to make a decision and spend more time on the track than I thought, now is not the time to step back, it's time to take a step forward, and today's game is a step forward for me. that's the main thing. "
In conclusion, the Spaniard admitted that his main goal is the Australian Open. “I suffer a lot from injuries, I don’t want to suffer anymore, I want to do everything right, step by step, that's all, my goal is to try to be ready for the Australian Open, and I think I'm on my way to achieving it, but, of course, I cannot risk being the first game in many months and especially after the operation, I have a place in Brisbane, my goal is to be there and play there, frankly, this is my plan, "summed up the number 2 ATP.