After a few weeks of training, Rafael Nadal found a big difference from last year's Australian Open 2023. The Spaniard: "The speed of the pitches hasn't changed much since 2022, while I've noticed a big difference with regards to the balls.
They say they're the same as last year, but their quality is much worse. It's a useless speech , since by now these are the balls and we have to play with them. It is not easy to give great top spin to these balls, because they tend to lose pressure after a few minutes.
It is a type of ball that favors players who hit flat, without giving great spin. I have to live with it, I've trained enough to be ready." Speaking to Eurosport, Alexander Zverev made a surprising prediction about Nadal: "I'm sorry to say it, but I think Rafa Nadal will retire at the end of Roland Garros 2023.
I sincerely hope that doesn't happen, but I think he will make a great tournament, maybe he will win it and say goodbye to the Tour."
Rafael Nadal's Australian Open 2023
Nadal will begin his 2023 Australian Open campaign on Monday on the Rod Laver Arena.
The Spanish champion will face the formidable Jack Draper, who has grown a lot in the last year and will be able to take the field without much pressure. The former world number 1 is certainly not having the best time of his career, having lost six of his last seven matches on the Tour.
The 22-time Grand Slam champion didn't shine at the United Cup either, having been defeated in comeback by both Cameron Norrie and Alex de Minaur. The 36-year-old from Manacor has accustomed fans to memorable feats, like the one last year, when he won the title in Melbourne despite having been off for several months.
The Iberian will try to use the first week of the Happy Slam to regain pace and confidence, in order to play all his cards in the second week. Despite the recent defeats, the Majorcan said he was satisfied with the work done and can't wait to test himself in an official match.