April 15, 2024

Nadal, already a spectacular leap up the ATP rankings!

Today is an emotional and important day for me. Rafael Nadal is fully aware of how far he has come. Away from the courts for almost a year, 349 days to be precise, the Spaniard made a winning comeback against Austria’s Dominic Thiem, sweeping aside him in two sets and less than an hour and a half (7-5, 6-1), on Tuesday in the first round of the Brisbane ATP 250 tournament.

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Today is an emotional and important day for me. Rafael Nadal is fully aware of how far he has come. Away from the courts for almost a year, 349 days to be precise, the Spaniard made a winning comeback against Austria’s Dominic Thiem, sweeping aside him in two sets and less than an hour and a half (7-5, 6-1), on Tuesday in the first round of the Brisbane ATP 250 tournament.

A liberation for Rafa, who was impatient to see how his body would react after such a long absence, due to a hip injury. After one of the most difficult years of my career, I’ve had the chance to play in front of an incredible crowd, at a very positive level. It’s something that makes me, my team and my family proud, he reacted.

Nadal 205th in the world if he wins in Brisbane

While this success must have reassured him about his physical condition, it also enabled him to complete an excellent accounting operation. After fallingndeed ranked 672nd in the world going into this first event of 2024, the 37-year-old Majorcan can look back on a 131-place rise in the ATP rankings. A spectacular leap, but still unworthy of his status.

If he confirms his position in the next round against the 102nd-ranked Australian Jason Kubler, who benefited from Aslan Karatsev’s withdrawal to advance, the man with 22 Grand Slam titles will move up another 91 places. If he wins the title on Australian soil at the end of the week, Rafael Nadal will be ranked 205th in the world. Enough to motivate him to go as far as possible.