The first Grand Slam of the year is just two weeks away and players are practicing really hard for it. They are utilizing every second, with some having transformed their hotel rooms into training grounds. The players are getting around five hours to go and train outside and are really looking forward to playing some exciting tennis soon. Recently, Rafael Nadal was spotted practicing strenuously as he always does.
It was the first glimpse of Rafa sweating at the Australian Open 2021. The video is quite intriguing and reveals that Nadal is ready for the big challenge in Melbourne this year.
One could see Nadal practicing his return in the video. He looked quite energetic, was coming forward, and was definitely working to improve his forehand on the hardcourt.
What was even more incredible was that Rafa was training in very hot and humid conditions. The temperature in Melbourne right now is around 41 degrees, but even that could not stop the World No.2 player.
Rafael Nadal hasn’t won the Australian Open title since 2009. Despite playing four finals after that, he hasn’t been able to clear the last hurdle. Last year, Dominic Thiem eliminated him in the quarter finals, which was quite disappointing for the Spaniard.
Rafa hasn’t been quite good when it comes to playing on the hard courts recently. It is a regular pattern that he used to play well earlier but somehow loses in the latter stages of the tournament.
Rafa will certainly be looking forward to work on his service. He’ll also try to keep the ball in the court- a part of his game where he has given away many points in the recent past.
It is a golden opportunity for Nadal to become the first player in the Open Era to win every Grand Slam title at least twice. In addition to this, he’ll also surpass Roger Federer in the Grand Slam tally if he conquers Melbourne this time. Fans have huge expectations from him and with his current form, Nadal will surely be starting as one of the favorites at the upcoming Grand Slam.