Rafael Nadal wary of Novak Djokovic threat

Rafael Nadal
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Rafael Nadal insists that he's ready to compete with Novak Djokovic for the Australian Open, despite fears over his fitness.

Rafael Nadal has singled out Novak Djokovic as his main threat ahead of the Australian Open.

The Spaniard, who has dropped to world number two due to Djokovic's recent dominance, is determined to reach the final in Melbourne following a disappointing semi-final exit to Gael Monfils in Qatar.

"I've been working hard," said Nadal. "I think I'm working the right way. There's Djokovic [to compete with], but there's a lot of fantastic players around and I have to be ready to compete against everybody.

"Last year I lost six important finals against him, but I played finals and that's something really difficult to do. I know how difficult it is to be [in finals] almost all the time."

While there have been doubts around the fitness of the 25-year-old, Nadal has insisted that his recurring shoulder injury is in "perfect condition".

The French Open title holder will take time off in February to recuperate.

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2Spain Rafael Nadal7,555
3Switzerland Roger Federer7,145
4Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka5,780
5Serbia Novak Djokovic5,325
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,155
7Alexander Zverev4,470
8Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
9Japan Kei Nishikori3,285
10Canada Milos Raonic3,230
11Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,070
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,770
13Belgium David Goffin2,560
14Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,425
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,390
16United States Jack Sock2,335
17Pablo Carreno Busta2,305
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19United States John Isner2,110
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