Here is what The World Number 2 said after the withdraw from Brisbane :
“It’s an important risk to not have the chance to play in Melbourne,” Nadal said in a press conference.
“And if I don’t play, the evolution of the thing is going very well. I am practicing and I feel like I can give a good level of tennis but I can’t do my 100 per cent.
“So I don’t play here and I probably secure that I’m going to be 100 per cent for Melbourne. Everybody’s telling me that it’s not a good idea to increase the possibility to convert the strain into a bigger problem.”
“It was a great level of tennis every time that I was on
“I achieved things that were amazing for me.
“It was a tough year in terms of injuries. (But) in terms of tennis level, I enjoyed every time I had the chance to be on
“I want to keep fighting for the things that really make me feel alive, you know, for the things that motivate me.
“I prefer to be No. 1 than be No.2, and I prefer to be No. 2 than No. 5 — that’s obvious.”
“But my main goal is to stay healthy, stay happy and try to play as long as possible.”
“Injuries sometimes just happen,”
“I really believe that I have a lot of tennis to play in my career, and I really feel that my body is not going worse every year.”