The back injury Rafael Nadal complained of in recent days is starting to cause concern among his fans. After missing the first two ATP Cup matches against Australia and Greece respectively, the news has come that the 20-time Grand Slam champion will not even be present in the semi-final against Italy.
The draw for the Australian Open 2021 took place on Friday, which will kick off on 8 February in the traditional setting of Melbourne Park. The urn turned out to be quite benevolent for the Spanish phenomenon, who shouldn't have problems at least up to the quarters, but the unknown factor linked to his physical condition cannot leave us indifferent.
In the event of a second Happy Slam triumph after the one in 2009, the 34-year-old Majorcan would break his eternal rival Roger Federer in the all-time standings and project himself with enormous confidence towards Roland Garros.
His last final in Melbourne dates back to 2019, when he was literally overwhelmed by world number 1 Novak Djokovic. At the press conference, the 13-time Roland Garros champion tried to clarify his state of form. "I'm not that bad, but not good enough to play," - Nadal admitted to reporters.
“I'm having a treatment every single day and I hope things get better, but for now I'm not ready yet. My first big goal of 2021 is the Australian Open, but I have never lived with the obsession of having to win more Grand Slams than my rivals," he added.
As almost everyone will know, Rafa is also a football fan and Real Madrid fan. The rumors concerning the contract of Lionel Messi, Barcelona star, recently published in El Mundo have caused a sensation in recent days. Rafa said: “I don't understand the rationale of the controversy, I have to be honest.
We are certainly talking about one of the best players ever, so there is no reason to be scandalized. Barcelona believed that Messi was worthy of collecting that amount, they will have made their calculations in this regard."
Lionel Messi close to PSG!
Among the objectives of Leonardo, head of the technical area of Paris Saint-Germain, there is also that of retaining the best players, with whom he is discussing a contract renewal. Among them, there are also Di Maria and Neymar.
He said: "Let's stay calm, we're talking about it. I'm 32, Neymar is much younger and therefore it's easier to discuss it with him but we're doing it. In Paris I'm happy and I'd like to continue here," concluded the Argentine.
A further indication of Lionel Messi's transfer to PSG was provided by Angel Di Maria who on Wednesday evening after the victory of Paris against Nimes expressed himself on the possibility that his international team mate will join him in France.
He said: "Let's hope, I think we there are many possibilities but we have to stay calm. Let's think about ourselves first and then see what happens. " Something about it was also asked to Mauricio Pochettino, who instead preferred not to answer directly.