Nadal wary of Aus predictions

07 January 2017 03:13:45 EST

Former champion Rafael Nadal has refused to be drawn into giving any predictions about how far he will go at the upcoming Australian Open in Melbourne.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion suffered his first loss of the New Year in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane International, but was largely satisfied by his performance in a 4-6 6-3 6-4 defeat to world number three Milos Raonic.

What's going to happen, I can't predict, but anything is possible.

Rafael Nadal

However, despite winning five matches out of six after yet another injury lay-off, Nadal is not getting too far ahead of himself and will not judge his efforts for at least another couple of months.

He told reporters: "What's going to happen, I can't predict, but anything is possible.

"Looking overall the first two weeks of the season have been positive for me, (but) let me play for three months and then we will see where I am.

"I have already played six matches this year so that's a positive for me - winning five, losing the sixth and the result was so close, so that's a positive."

Nadal, Australian Open champion in 2009, lost in the first round in Melbourne 12 months ago, being edged out in a five-set thriller by fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

As a result, he is wary of making too many predictions, adding: "You never can feel confident.

"Last year I felt that I was ready. I had a good week of practice in Melbourne and then I lost in the first round. So you never know and you can't predict."

Nadal is available at 14/1 to win the Australian Open for a second time, with Raonic priced at 16/1 and Stan Wawrinka a 12/1 shot.

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