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Former World Number One Rafael Nadal determined to make strong comeback at Australian Open

​Rafael Nadal is determined to get back to his best as he seeks to make a successful return to action at the Australian Open in January.

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The world number three was diagnosed with appendicitis in October and underwent surgery in November, forcing him to miss the ATP World Tour Finals.

Nadal returned to training earlier this month and is looking to step up his efforts in the coming weeks as he looks to atone for his loss to Stanislas Wawrinka in the 2014 Australian Open final.

In a conference call with Australian reporters, Nadal said: "The operation on my appendix was good. No problems at all. I am able to practice for a lot of hours at a high intensity. After five months of pain, that's important to me.

"The main thing for me is I am able to work hard in these next weeks. I am sure the level of intensity and level of competition will be helpful for me.

"I will try to spend as much time on court as possible. Every match that I have the opportunity to play is important.

"It's not the first time for me that it's happened like this. [I'm] motivated to try to get back and strong again.

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

The 2015 Australian Open begins on January 19.

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