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Back in training, Rafael Nadal’s sights on Australian Open

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14-TIME grand slam champion Rafael Nadal says his preparations are going well for next month's Australian Open following his appendix surgery.

Nadal (pictured), who has had an injury-hit season, had the operation last month, but said yesterday he was now back in full training.

"The operation on my appendix was good. No problems at all," Nadal said in a teleconference from Spain.

"I am able to practice for a lot of hours at a high intensity. After five months of pain, that's important to me."

Nadal struggled through last year's Australian Open final defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka because of a back injury and then damaged a wrist at Wimbledon where he lost in round four to Australian teen Nick Kyrgios.

The Spaniard said two tournaments in the Middle East would have him right for Melbourne.

"The main thing for me is I am able to work hard in these next weeks," he said.

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