Nadal fine-tunes his tennis to fight for the title against the favorites



Reef Nadal He is getting closer to his best version every day. Good news that the Balearic tennis player has been confirming as he left rivals by the wayside and enjoyed his return to top-level competition in the Australian Open, after several months stopped. Due to an injury first and because of the Covid-19 later. A happiness not exempt from prudence, because as he explained after his victory in the second round against the German Hanfmann, “I have to do things better if I want to aspire to do something here.”

After that victory, Nadal recognized that his scaphoid problem will not go away and he has to live with it: “I have a problem that has no solution. Another thing is that it can let me compete with more or less guarantees and that is what we are trying to do.”

Demanding, the man from Manacor still looked far from his maximum, but he shared his confidence for “moving better and finding my positions and my automatisms on the track little by little”.

The Spanish spoke that as long as the suffering did not entail the loss of options, it would continue to be worth it. And seeing how he’s progressed through the Australian Open draw, not only are there options but he has been presented as one of the candidates for the title with permission from the Medvedevs or Zverevs.

In fact, in his toughest test to date at Melbourne Park, against Russia’s Khachanov, the world number 5 was extremely quick on his legs and with ideas. Relentless in his head and also in his arms. A feat considering the time it has been stopped at the beginning of the season.

Mannarino, and with Zverev on the horizon

Already qualified for the round of 16, the foot responds and the level continues to rise. Nadal is ready for whatever comes. Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, number 69 in the ATP, this Sunday, and quite possibly Germany’s Aleksander Zverev afterward if he makes it to the quarterfinals. Curiously, the quarter round against the world number 3 could be tougher than the subsequent semifinals.

The Spanish tennis player is behind in terms of favouritism, but if there is someone who can surprise anyone, even coming from a five-month hiatus, it is Rafa Nadal.

At the moment he has a new appointment at dawn this Sunday, at the Rod Laver Arena, to try keep moving forward and refine your best tennis to the maximum.

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