Nadal backs call to shift Australian Open to February

January 16th, 2009 - 10:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Rafael NadalSydney, Jan 16 (IANS) World No. 1 tennis player Rafael Nadal Friday supported Swiss maestro Roger Federer’s call to shift the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open to February.The Spaniard said he would “love it” if the tournament was shifted to a February time- slot “because we are playing one of the most important tournaments of the season after one week”.

“The only thing is that it’s a little bit early, the tournament,” Nadal was quoted as saying in Sydney Morning Herald.

“It’s too early and I think, for my style of game, I need a little bit of rhythm. The conditions are good. But it’s going to be a little bit better, if it’s later.

“When you play more matches, your physical condition is always better, no?

“But, for sure, if you can win the first matches, you can get the good rhythm. So you really don’t know how you are playing, how you feel.”

Nadal, Federer and Novak Djokovic, the world’s three top-ranked players, are now on the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour’s player council and their opinions carry weight.

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