Rafael Nadal, world primary misplaced his first match of the 12 months 6-Four, 7-5 to Frenchman Richard Gasquet on the Kooyong Classic on Tuesday.
But he mentioned he was joyful after his troublesome knee held up “fine”.
Nadal’s knee damage hampered the tip of his 2017 season and compelled him to skip final week’s Brisbane International, however he was capable of give it a exercise on the non-tour occasion in Melbourne.
Though he misplaced in straight units, the Spaniard mentioned he would preserve working arduous till the beginning of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Monday.
“I”m very joyful to be again in Australia,” he mentioned. “I had a heavy 12 months in 2017 and I began my preparation later than traditional.
“But I’ve arrived in loads of time. It’s nice to get the sensation as soon as once more of enjoying a match.
“This was a good test for me after some good training, that’s the most important thing.”
The 16-time Grand Slam winner was removed from his finest within the exhibition encounter towards a participant he has crushed 15-Zero on the ATP Tour in a rivalry courting again to junior days.
Nadal, 31, heads the entry record for the Australian Open and mentioned he can be able to entrance up for the primary spherical.
“The knee is fine,” he mentioned in reply to the inevitable query. “I’m right here.
“If I used to be not feeling good I might not be right here, in order that’s excellent news.
“I’ll train hard over the next few days for the Australian Open, I will be ready.”
Nadal is simply enjoying the one match at Kooyong, however can also be scheduled to end up for a Tie Break Tens event at Melbourne Park on Wednesday night.
Gasquet, who missed Kooyong final 12 months by sickness and damage, was joyful to get even a casual win over the Spaniard.
“It’s always a pleasure to play Rafa — I hope to beat him one day on the ATP before retiring. He’s a friend of mine and it’s great to play him,” he mentioned.