Rafael Nadal on Slam No 15 : I am going to fight for it

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Rafael Nadal on Slam No 15 : I am going to fight for it

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Tennis great Rafael Nadal is unsure if he can win a Grand Slam again, but the former world No 1 said he had felt the same ahead of each of the 14 that he has won. The Spaniard struggled with injuries in 2016 and decided to end the season early in order to prepare for the coming year.

The 30-year-old suffered a shock second-round exit at the Shanghai Masters in October that resulted in the Spaniard calling an early end to his season. He did announce then that he would join the likes of Andy Murray, Milos Raonic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in the end of December.

“I don’t know … I never know if I’m going to win another grand slam,” Nadal told Daily Telegraph. “Not one time in my career… when I won the first or when I won the second… or when I win number nine or 10, I didn’t know and today is still the same situation.

“I don’t know if I have the chance to win number 15 but I’m going to fight for it.”

After suffering an injury at the French Open, Nadal returned quickly to play at the Rio Olympics where he won gold in doubles but was ousted by Argentine Juan Matin del Potro in the singles.

“In 2015 it was obvious that I had some problems. I was not able to be under control of my emotions when I was playing. I was too nervous and playing with a little anxiety,” Nadal said.

“This year I was a little bit unlucky with the wrist injury because I was playing great so I’m looking forward to getting back to that level before I had my accident in Roland Garros… that’s my motivation now.”

The King of Clay appears to be a shadow of the player that went toe to toe with Roger Federer in the Swiss legend’s heyday. He now has added Carlos Moya to his coaching staff and is excited at the prospect of working with the 1998 French Open winner along with his regular coach Toni Nadal.

“He’s (Moya) a very good appointment for me and I think the combination of Carlos and my uncle can be a great team and I think they are working hard to help me,” Nadal said.

“With my normal team I had an amazing results during my career and I’m looking for something... to add something else more to the team.

“Carlos knows me very well and I believe that he has a lot of experience on the Tour. He knows how I compete, the same like Toni and Francisco (Roig) but it’s a good improvement for me to have another person that I think will be important for me in my career so I have confidence in him.”

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