Novak Djokovic tests hamstring on the eve of the Open while Brit Rafael Nadal angrily plans

“I don’t go to full training – [I am] Save energy for next week. Hopefully it won’t cause a problem for me then.”

World no.

Chinese player Saisai Zheng was eliminated on Sunday night with a wrist injury and missed the women’s tournament along with Naomi Osaka, Ajla Tomljanovic, Paula Badosa, Sara Sorribes Tormo and Qiang Wang.

Matches begin on Monday from 11am with Nadal’s afternoon clash with rising British left-hander Jack Draper being one of the most anticipated of the opening day.

The 21-year-old, who is ranked No. 40 in the world, is one of the most promising players on the tour, reaching the third round in his most recent Grand Slam appearance at the US Open.

Rafael Nadal trains at Melbourne Park on Sunday.

Rafael Nadal trains at Melbourne Park on Sunday.Credit:AP

Draper also took a stitch off Djokovic two years ago at Wimbledon when he was just a teenager.

“There’s no denying that [Nadal]is one of my heroes. Honestly, growing up I watched him a lot – same with Andy Murray, same with Djokovic, same with [Roger] Federer, all these guys,” Draper said.

“Without her, I wouldn’t be the tennis player I probably am, so there’s this site where he’s the 22-time Grand Slam champion [and] One of the greatest of all time, but at the same time he’s one of my competitors now.

“I have to block it all out and go to court against him and give everything.”″⁣

Jack Draper meets Rafael Nadal in the first round.

Jack Draper meets Rafael Nadal in the first round.Credit:Getty Images

Nadal lost both United Cup games to Britain’s Cameron Norrie and Australia’s Alex de Minaur this month, and six of his last seven competitions date back to last year, fending off retirement questions in recent weeks.

But Draper doesn’t underestimate the Spanish legend.

“One thing I would say is, while he may not have been in amazing shape; You know he’ll be ready to play really well on Monday and I expect him to play great tennis,” Draper said.

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