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Number one Nadal wants to start afresh at Australian Open

Despite a stellar 2017 season, which saw the 31-year-old claim the US Open and a record 10th French Open title, Nadal played down the significance of beginning the year with the No.1 ranking.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: January 13, 2018 18:22 IST ]
Image Source : AP A file image of Rafael Nadal

Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal has said the bitter disappointment of last year's narrow five-set loss to Roger Federer in the Australian Open final will not give him any extra motivation for this year's opening Grand Slam. "It is impossible to be more motivated than last year or any year," the world number one told Xinhua news agency on Saturday.

"For me the Australian Open, if you are not 100 percent motivated to win this tournament, you probably don't love the sport."

Despite a stellar 2017 season, which saw the 31-year-old claim the US Open and a record 10th French Open title, Nadal played down the significance of beginning the year with the No.1 ranking.

"It is better to start No.1 than No.20," the world number one said.

"But everyone starts from zero. I start from zero again. It's a new season, an exciting one and I hope to be healthy, competitive and, most importantly, to enjoy tennis."

"I just think about my first round... It's the first match of the year and I don't think further than that. I take it day by day as I always have."

Nadal's first hit out of the 2018 Australian Open will take place on Monday, when he faces Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic, who currently ranks 81 in the world.

(With IANS Inputs)

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