Rafael Nadal’s comeback to tennis might not have come in the most conventional of formats but it would please his fans he has expressed happiness over how he went in it.
After having withdrawn from the Mubadala Tennis Championships and then missed the ATP Brisbane International tennis, he finally played his first match of the season at the Fast4 Tennis when he took on Nick Krygios.
And while he lost to the Aussie maverick, Nadal said it was a “a good comeback” but also said he needed to get into
“a little bit more rhythm”.
Nadal has been a suspect as a starter for the first major of the year in the Australian Open but his first appearance at Sydney might have helped relieve those nerves.
The world number two lost 4-0, 3-4, 5-3 but he said he was glad with how things went in the match.
The Spaniard noted:
“The first set was quick. That’s how it works, this Fast4, and especially playing an unbelievable talent, a player like Nick. (But) I was there. I need to (find) a little bit more rhythm.”
Nadal also said:
“I think it was a good start for me, a good comeback to the action in front of a fantastic crowd here in Sydney. I really enjoyed it a lot, playing tonight here. I’m happy to be back on court and then happy that I’m healthy again.”
Interestingly, not all top players have been in a lot of action in the lead-up to the Australian Open.
While Novak Djokovic lost in the semi-finals in Qatar, Roger Federer led Switzerland to a win in the Hopman Cup and Alexander Zverev was a part of the German team that lost in the Hopman Cup final, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic were also nursing injuries while Dominic Thiem crashed out in round one at the Doha Open.