Rafa says 'G-Day mate' to Aussie fans

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/r/rafaelnadal_ap.jpg' class='caption'> Rafael Nadal reached out to his fans here by launching a blog at the Australian Open.

Updated: January 19, 2009 07:43 IST
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Rafael Nadal reached out to his fans here by launching a blog at the Australian Open, taking questions on everything from what motivates him to whether he has sex during a tournament.

The Spanish world number one said he had always wanted to blog during the tournament, but admits it isn't easy as his writing skills don't match his tennis exploits.

"This is my first blog in Australia and I am very thankful to have been given this opportunity," he said on the posts that appear in Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper.

"I am not going to lie to you, this is not easy for me since I am not a writer."

Rafa wants to get closer to his fans and feels answering their questions is one way to do that.

"Hi everyone, or should I say G'day mate? I have been told that this is the way Australians say "hello," so I wanted to also say it like this," he says in his introduction.

"I am back here in Melbourne and I have to say that I love being here. I have to say that I am excited."

To kick things off he was asked by one fan whether it was true that sex is not permitted during a tournament because it drains the athletes.

"Every player should know the best way to be ready to play next day. So it is up to the player," Nadal said diplomatically.

Asked what motivates him, he said it was simply playing tennis and having the chance to win.

"What motivates me is the fact that I am competing, that I am playing tennis, that I do what I like and that I have a chance on what I do," he said.

"I want to get better and become a better player and to win big tournaments like this one in Melbourne. This is really the motivation."

Among other "secrets revealed," he said he once left a trophy he won in Mexico in a taxi and was still trying to get it back.

And Nadal, who said he would have been a footballer if he wasn't a tennis player, admitted his favourite team Real Madrid had no chance of catching Barcelona this season.

Barca are 12 points clear of Real at the top of the Spanish league table.

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