Rafael Nadal has declared he is ready to play in the Laver Cup this weekend less than two weeks after winning the US Open.

Nadal came through a gruelling five-set battle with Daniil Medvedev to win a fourth title in New York and his 19th Grand Slam title.

In the aftermath of the match, the Spaniard admitted to understandably feeling physically tired.

But that has not stopped the 33-year-old from fulfilling his commitment to play in the Laver Cup.

And his appearance in the event will likely see him play alongside Roger Federer in a doubles match at some point.

Nadal is not scheduled to play on the opening day but speaking to Mary Carillo ahead of the first match between Dominic Thiem and Denis Shapovalov, he made clear he was ready to compete.

“I’m fine actually,” Nadal insisted.

“I’m happy to be here. It has been a great experience in the past to be here at the Laver Cup.

“For me, it is a great week even if of course after the US Open, the body goes down a little bit.

“It is great to be here again and it’s given me some energy again with the colleagues and great team around. And I’ll just try to help the team.”

Federer was standing next to Nadal and hailed his great rival for playing despite being a little bit worried.

He said: “I worry for his body also when he goes through these brutal five-setters in finals.

“And the worst is when there is a five-setter at the end because the recovery at the end takes longer and there is a dip after a huge high.

“I always felt Rafa was going to show up. Rafa is that kind of guy.

“When he commits to something, he is going to show up unless he’s really hurt or has a big problem.

“He seems fine this week and I’m really happy to see him here. And of course, the team is delighted he is back.”

When asked if he will take an extended rest after the Laver Cup, Nadal added: “I don’t know. I need to think about it.”

source: express.co.uk

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