- Updates from the second day of tennis at Melbourne Park
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The toss. Djere won it and elected to receive first. Rafa has the ball in his hand, and we’re ready to go.
So to Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard has not won the title at Melbourne Park since 2009 but is gunning to break that streak this year and at the same time move clear of Roger Federer in the all-time grand slam winners list with a 21st title.
But there’s a problem – the world No 2 has a back injury that he has been suffering from for the past fortnight and that forced him out of last week’s ATP Cup. So not only is his on-court movement restricted, he is also lacking match practice.