Rafael Nadal answered reporters’ questions in a pre-tournament presser in Melbourne. The top question was about his health – has he recovered from the illness that bothered him in Doha last week?
Q. Could you let us know how you feel and how much practice you’ve been able to get in since you arrived in Melbourne?
RAFAEL NADAL: I’m feeling better. I think not perfect yet. But, yeah, seems like after what I had in Doha, when I practicing, I feel a little bit more tired than usual and sweating more than ever.
But the true is I’m better than few days ago. So that’s very positive. I hope not going to be a problem for next Monday or Tuesday. I don’t know yet.
So happy I am able to practice every day normal time. So is nothing special. I practiced like I did all my life.
The next big question – what about the Rafa Slam? Nadal claims the “pression” isn’t getting to him. . .but he doesn’t like thinking too much about it:
Q. Can you tell us how special it would be regardless, to be able to take out the four (Majors in a row)?
RAFAEL NADAL: I think is better if we continue with another questions because for me, seriously, I can’t answer this question because I didn’t imagine (laughter).
I think if that’s happen, for sure for me I gonna be more happy to win in Australia because is the Australian Open more than is because the fourth in a row. That’s hundred percent true.
This isn’t so surprising, no?
Q. When Federer was in here earlier, he said you should be the favorite for the tournament because you won the last three Grand Slams. Do you feel the same way?
RAFAEL NADAL: No. For sure no. Yeah, every tournament is completely different. I gonna try my best to play well. And we will see what’s going on, no?
But I feel if I play at my best level, I can have a chance to be in the second week, and there we will see what’s happen, no? Every match will be really difficult, so I have to be ready for everything.
But I for sure am feeling less favorite than him and not more favorite than Djokovic, Murray, Soderling, these kind of players, no? So that’s true. That’s what I think.