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Nadal braced for 'strange' days in Australia

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Rafael Nadal sounded relieved on Sunday to be flying to Australia in better condition than he might have expected for the first Grand Slam event of the year and one that he described as "strange". 

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating France's Gael Monfils in the final tennis match of Qatar's ExxonMobil Open in Doha on January 4, 2014

A fine two-hour final at the Qatar Open, in which the world number one beat Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, dragged some of Nadal's best tennis from him and gave him a physical and psychological test he certainly needed.

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