WATCH: Rafael Nadal Is ‘Fit and Fine’ to Begin His 21st Major Quest at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/06/2021, 9:02 AM EST
Rafael Nadal of Spain returns the ball during the quarterfinals of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Jason Heidrich/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


It was quite a disappointing moment for fans as Rafael Nadal didn’t play at the ATP Cup 2021. The Spaniard was not completely fit and decided not to play at the tournament. Without Rafa, Spain definitely had a disadvantage in the tournament and they couldn’t qualify in the finals.

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However, there is some great news for tennis fans. World No.2 Rafael Nadal seems completely fit and fine again and even looks prepared ahead of the Australian Open 2021. Rafa trained really hard today and practiced some backhand shots. He updated his fans by posting a video of his training session on Instagram.

“Backhand exercise intense,” wrote an ambitious Nadal on Instagram.

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Nadal is definitely excited about the Grand Slam and will give his 100% in order to win the upcoming major. He hasn’t won the Australian Open title since 2009 and will surely try to end his drought this time.

Rafa even practiced with 17-year-old Spanish player Carlos Alcaraz who qualified for the Australian Open 2021 recently. For a young player like Alcaraz, it was definitely like a dream come true moment.

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“Happy to have enjoyed this unique experience”- Carlos Alcaraz on his training session with Rafael Nadal

After the training session, the 17-year-old Alcaraz became quite cheerful. He posted a picture with Nadal on his Twitter handle and wrote a beautiful message praising the 20-time Grand Slam champion.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his match win over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina on day ten of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 04, 2019, in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

“Thank you very much Rafael Nadal for practice with me today at Australian Open. Very happy to have enjoyed this unique experience,” tweeted Alcaraz.

It was undoubtedly a moment to remember for the youngster as he got to train with the legend himself. It also reveals that Rafa is gaining momentum by working on his fitness and will surely not miss any game at the Australian Open 2021.

Nadal will face Laslo Dere in the first round of the Australian Open 2021 on February 9, 2021. He’ll surely want to win the title this time and begin his 2021 season on a high note. Will Rafa be able to get his 21st Grand Slam title in Melbourne this year?

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Anshul Singh is a tennis author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing Journalism Honors from Delhi University. Having significant experience with content, Anshul has authored over 500 tennis articles. He has previously worked as a writer and an editor for DU Express, penning riveting articles on sports, politics, and culture.

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