Defending Australian Open champ Rafael Nadal is adamant he’s in “good shape” ahead of next week’s grand slam despite a lacklustre start to 2023 and worries over his ageing body.
The 36-year-old, who snared his second Australian Open triumph last year 13 years after his first, lost both his United Cup matches in Sydney, including one to local Alex de Minaur.
It means dating back to his fourth round US Open elimination Nadal has lost six of his last seven matches – the only win was an ATP Finals dead rubber against Casper Ruud – and he hasn’t beaten a player ranked in the top 50 in a competitive match since Wimbledon.
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Having battled injuries during 2022, including an abdominal injury that ruined the back half of his…