Tuesday, January 25

Rafael Nadal: winning return for the titled Spaniard in Melbourne

Rafael Nadal did not miss his return to the circuit. The Spaniard, now 6th player in the world, dismissed the American Maxime Cressy (112th) this Sunday to win in the final of the Melbourne tournament (7-6, 6-3).

The Mallorcan had not appeared for five months due to a foot injury that had forced him to end his season prematurely. And his return to competition earlier this year had been compromised after contracting Covid-19 during an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi. But the man with 20 Grand Slam titles, tied with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, was finally able to take the lead in Australia and Melbourne, where he added an 89.e trophy (in 126 finals) on his record. The first since Rome last May.

For this restart, Rafael Nadal encountered no difficulty, not conceding a single set in three games even if in the final a double fault gave Cressy a set point in the tie-break and that he was broken at the start of the second round by the American from qualifying. But the Spaniard quickly set the record straight to triumph.

While Novak Djokovic is still waiting to know if he will be able to participate in the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal has already made an appointment one week before the first Grand Slam of the season, where he will try to conquer his 21e Major.


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