Rafael Nadal at the press conference: "Yeah, is confusing to have two World Cups of tennis in one month. For me personally that's not the ideal situation for our sport, but that's how it works today," he said in Perth. Asked if the two should be combined into one world championship, he replied: "I think that tennis deserves something like this."
Nadal's first match will be against Georgia's Nikoloz Basilashvili on Saturday, 4 January. "For me, that is a tough start to the season," said Nadal. "The great things, the only way to build important things is with daily work. "So we (Spain) need to take care of our first tie against Georgia, and that's the only thing that is in our mind, just try to be ready for this one."
"I always try to be in my best shape for every single tournament I play," he said.
"I never take this sport or one defeat like revenge, I don’t understand a life like this. I just try to put myself in a position to be ready for the action when I need it."
"Sometimes things work the right way and sometimes they don’t. So, just being ready to accept every situation that can happen."
"We want to work well as a team and to try to achieve our goals then we're going to have a week before the Australian Open to practise there for the Australian Open, now is the time for the ATP Cup," he said.
"If you play better here then there's better chances you will later but like I said, we aren’t taking this competition as a preparation for another, we take this competition like a very important one, we want to show our best level and we want to work well as a team.
"I think we are moving in the right direction, just try to be ready for the action.
"We are happy to be here, I think Perth is a great city… for most of us it’s the first time we’ve been here and we’re having fun."
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