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Nadal wants to start afresh at 2018 Australian Open 

Melbourne, Jan 13 (IANS) Spanish tennis great Rafael Nadal has said the bitter disappointment of last year’s narrow five-set loss to Roger Federer in the Australian Open final will not give him any extra motivation for this year’s opening Grand Slam.

“It is impossible to be more motivated than last year or any year,” the world number one told Xinhua news agency on Saturday.

“For me the Australian Open, if you are not 100 percent motivated to win this tournament, you probably don’t love the sport.”

Despite a stellar 2017, which saw the 31-year-old claim the US Open and a record 10th French Open title, Nadal talked down the significance of beginning the year with the No.1 ranking.

“It is better to start No.1 than No.20,” the Spaniard said.

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