April 15, 2024

Nadal off to a bad start

Rafael Nadal is back not only in business, but also on clay. This Sunday, the Spaniard played in the first round of the ATP doubles tournament in Brisbane, Australia, on hard court. Teaming up with his compatriot and coach Marc Lopez, the Majorcan lost in two sets (6-4, 6-4) and 1h14 of play to the Australian pairing of Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson. In the first set, the two d…

Rafael Nadal is back not only in business, but also on clay. This Sunday, the Spaniard played in the first round of the ATP doubles tournament in Brisbane, Australia, on hard court. Teaming up with his compatriot and coach Marc Lopez, the Majorcan lost in two sets (6-4, 6-4) and 1h14 of play to the Australian pairing of Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson. In the first set, the two duos started out evenly matched.

for the first four games. for Nadal

Finally, in the second and final set, at 1-1, Marc Lopez and Rafael Nadal were forced to save their first two break points. Finally, at 3-3, they gave up another service break. Max Purcell and Jordan Thompson couldn’t have asked for more. The Australians, who had been untouchable on their own serve throughout the match, continued to build momentum, before finally putting the finishing touches to the match with a last-gasp shutout (6-4).

In the next round of 16, the two men will face the Croatian pair Nikola Mektic and Hugo Nys from Monaco, who were exempted from the first round as No.5 seeds. His