Rafael Nadal gives fitness update ahead of next Australian Open match

Rafael Nadal says everything is fine after a light training session ahead of third-round match

Australian Open third seed Rafael Nadal Photo: Rafael Nadal/Twitter

Rafael Nadal has come through a light training session without any problems on Thursday after the third seed’s five-set victory over qualifier Tim Smyczek at Australian Open.

The Spaniard had to call the doctor onto court as the 28-year-old looked physical drained before eventually sealing an energy-sapping 6-2 3-6 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 7-5 third-round win against Smyczek on Wednesday.

Nadal, who was playing just his tenth match since Wimbledon due to various fitness problems, complained of stomach cramps in the third set before booking his place in the next stage.

And the 2009 Australian Open champion took to Twitter to update his concerned followers of his fitness outlook before the 14-time Major winner faces Dudi Sela of Isreal on Friday.

Nadal missed the ATP World Tour finals due to injury problems after the Spanish number one claimed just one Grand Slam title in 2014.

The former world number one lost to Swiss number two Stanislas Wawrinka in last year’s Australian Open final after he beat Roger Federer in the last four.

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