Feb 03, 2016

    Nadal taps on Argentina wild card

    RAFAEL Nadal has had his request for a wild card invitation to next week's Argentina Open accepted as the Spaniard rejigs his schedule after his shock Australian Open exit.

    The world No. 5 lost in the first round of a Grand Slam for just the second time in his career to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in Melbourne.

    After his unexpectedly early departure, the 29-year-old travelled to Mallorca to start training for what could be a make or break year on clay, starting now with the defence of his title in Buenos Aires.

    "I asked for this wild card after the bad result in Melbourne and I hope that Buenos Aires will once again be the start of a good run for me. I will try my best to make sure it is," he told the ATP website from Mallorca on Monday.

    Nadal strengthens the line-up in Argentina which already features world No. 6 David Ferrer, France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the No. 9, and 12th-ranked American John Isner.