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Nadal: "Let's Talk About 2014"

Doha, Qatar

Nadal© Getty ImagesRafael Nadal plays Lukas Rosol in the first round in Doha.

After a roller coaster season which began on the sidelines and ended with a finish as year-end No. 1, Rafael Nadal is ready to look ahead to 2014. The Spaniard eagerly spoke about the new season, for him starting at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open this week.

"What happened is the past, so we have talked enough of 2013," said Nadal. "I am happy for everything that happened, but in one day we are in 2014. Let's talk about 2014.

"Last year was hard not have the chance to start the season from the beginning," said Nadal, referring to the knee injury that kept him from competition for eight months. "So this year is a special feeling and the goals are very similar - just health. That is the most important thing. Without health, the rest is impossible."

Nadal is entered as the top seed in singles and has also teamed up with Francisco Roig in doubles. The Spanish team won their first round match over Pablo Andujar and Lukas Rosol 6-3, 2-6, 10-4. He hopes the extra court time will help his preparation for the Australian swing. "It will help me for a little bit more practise and trying to practise as hard as I can during these days. I hope to be competitive [for singles] tomorrow."

The World No. 1 also shared his thoughts about the new partnerships forming among his peers - including Novak Djokovic taking Boris Becker onto his team and Roger Federer signing on Stefan Edberg. "I am so happy to hear this news, because in the end, what makes the sports big is the combination of history and new events," said Nadal. "I think it's great to combine events with a lot of history, so at the same time it's great to combine the past champions. They have a lot of influence on the tour today. I think it's great for us."

In Doha, Nadal faces Rosol in the first round. The Czech won their only previous meeting in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, in the second round of Wimbledon 2012.

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