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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Rafael Nadal and Team Spain has arrived in Perth for the ATP Cup
World No.1 Rafael Nadal has landed in Perth.
Nadal said equalling Roger Federer’s 20 grand slam record isn’t at the forefront of his thinking just yet, but the 33-year-old knows that this year in Melbourne could be his chance.
Nadal’s first goal is to acclimatise to Australian conditions to give reigning Davis Cup champions and pre-tournament favourites Spain the best shot possible of winning the inaugural 24-nation ATP Cup.
“Hopefully we arrive in good shape. We have five days to practice well before the competition,” Nadal said.
“We are looking forward to play good here in the ATP Cup and then we are going to have one week in Melbourne before the (Open) to start to prepare.
“We are excited to be here and to compete well at this great event.”
The Spaniard spent his pre-season training in Mallorca at the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar. Francisco Roig, Nadal’s coach since 2005, joined him for a few days and was impressed with what he saw.
“Rafa is spectacular,” Roig said. “He’s found some very good form. He’s feeling confident in the way he is playing and his serve is really helping him. I think Nadal looks great. Now it’s a question of maintaining his game.”
Spain begins their campaign on Saturday against Georgia.