Nadal may not make the trek to Australia after he was defeated by world no.127 Michael Berrer in Doha.
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Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal has hinted that his participation in the Australian Open is in doubt following his shock loss to world no.127 Michael Berrer in the Qatar Open.
It was Nadal’s first match since returning from injury and he succumbed to a 6-1, 3-6, 4-6 loss to Berrer in Doha.
Nadal said after the defeat that he might not make the trek to Australia for the first major of the year, but said he would “work for it”.
“Little things didn’t quite work out for me today,” Nadal said.
“This is the third comeback of my career after injury, so we will see how it goes in a couple of months. I wanted to start well, but it was not the case today.
“I also want to play in the Australian Open which is a tournament I like a lot. I don’t know if that will be the case either, but I am going to work for it.
“If not I will be playing at Rio and Buenos Aires. The season is long. After coming back from injury you can’t see the immediate moment, you have to look further ahead a little bit.
“Now in my mind I have to practise well and try to be ready for Australia, but I know it can happen that I will go there and lose. Perhaps I will win a couple of matches there, I don’t know.”
Nadal will be in a race against time to be fit for the Australian Open, which begins in less than two weeks.