Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal is a 14-time Grand Slam winner Getty

Former world number one Rafael Nadal is determined to add to his 14 Grand Slam titles and said that he is prepared to die to do it. The Spaniard has had a disappointing 2016, as he suffered from various injuries which resulted in him struggling for form.

The 30-year-old has won two titles this year but his physical problems have prevented him from winning his 10<sup>th French Open title or compete at either the Wimbledon Championships or US Open. However, the Spaniard is looking to put the year behind him and look for a fresh start in 2017.

"I'm going to die to be ready again to compete for everything. I'm going to work more than ever to try to make that happen and I have big determination to put me in a position to fight again for important things," the Spaniard said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

Nadal revealed that the wrist injury he suffered during the French Open came at the most inopportune moment considering he was in good form and was playing some good tennis. The wrist injury ensured that he had to withdraw from the tournament.

"It has been a tough year for me because I got injured at the worst possible time when I was playing great and was having a lot of fun on the court. But that's part of life and I just have to be positive and keep working hard and my main goal now is to recover and be ready for next season. And I'm going to die for that. I'm really motivated to come back to where I was before the injury happened because I feel ready for it," the former world number one added.

The Australian Open is the first major Grand Slam tournament of the 2017 season and Nadal is expected to take part in the event recently revealing that he is set to begin training shortly.