“Still for me, yes, [he’s] One of the best players of all time. Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. But don’t question his legacy because of that. “
Along with Djokovic, Zaverev is in the top half of the men’s draw and any move that forces the Serbs out of Melbourne will reshape the tournament’s expectations.
Nadal or Zaverev is up against Djokovic in the semifinals. For Nadal, the 20-time main winner, it is difficult to get an accurate sense of where he is. His ATP 250 tournament win in Melbourne last week was ideal, but he also had a COVID-19 last month.
His season ended before the US Open due to a left foot injury.
Nadal was unsure what the claim to Grand Slam tennis – and five sets of matches – would mean.
“I can’t give you a clear answer because I haven’t played in the top five since Roland Garros,” Nadal said.
“I have only played three matches in the last six months.
“I just want to go day in and day out. Of course I am [am] I will continue to do my best to improve. Practice helps. [I’ve been] Practicing with the boys here, and playing three matches last week, let’s see how the Australian Open started.
“Every day I spend in court, I think it’s positive.
“Every match I win, it’s important for my confidence, it’s important for my physical performance and you never know what might happen next.”
Nadal knows he is in the final stages of his career. Thus, his normal mood is gratitude because he weighs the immediate expectations.
“When you’re coming back from injury and when you’re not on tour, you have to accept that things [are] Not going to be perfect, “said Nadal.
“That’s the main thing for me – admit that sometimes you’re a little slow, sometimes you’re going to miss, sometimes things aren’t going so fast.
“You have to think more about how to play, about shots, about technical issues.
“But [it] About time I know that. You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. [you want].
“Sports change[s] Quickly today, what seems very difficult, in a day or two, perception, personal perception, everyone’s perception will change a lot. “