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Nadal to test out new service action at Australian Open

Rafael Nadal will test out his new service action for the first time in his opening round clash with James Duckworth at the Australian Open on Monday. The Spaniard has not played a competitive match since retiring from his US Open semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro last September due to pain in his knee. An abdominal strain then prevented a comeback later in the season and he took the opportunity to have minor ankle surgery before a thigh issue saw him pull out of last week’s tournament in Brisbane. Rafael Nadal faces James Duckworth in the Australian Open (Mark Schiefelbein/AP) But, amid all the physical challenges, Nadal and his coaching team of Carlos Moya and Francisco Roig found time to remodel his serving action in a bid to take some of the strain off the 32-year-old’s body. Mo...

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