April 17, 2024

Nadal, the thunderbolt!

There was a one-in-six chance. Facing a qualifier in the 1st round of the Brisbane tournament, Rafael Nadal had a 16% probability of facing Dominic Thiem, one of the players to have emerged from qualifying in Eastern Australia. As fate would have it, the two men will face each other in a few days’ time, in a highly enjoyable encounter between two players who are trying to get bac…

There was a one-in-six chance. Facing a qualifier in the 1st round of the Brisbane tournament, Rafael Nadal had a 16% probability of facing Dominic Thiem, one of the players to have emerged from qualifying in Eastern Australia. As fate would have it, the two men will face each other in a few days’ time, in a highly enjoyable encounter between two players who are trying to get back to their best after being injured.

Rafael Nadal makes his comeback. The Majorcan hasn’t played since the last Australian Open, in January 2023, and is currently ranked 672nd in the ATP rankings. He owes his positionbecome the player he was before his injuries. He played a lot in 2023, but is only ranked 98th in the world, which says a lot about his level. And that’s why he had to go through his qualifying rounds, where he came through a crazy match against Australia’s McCabe, a match interrupted by the presence of an extremely venomous snake on the court (true story).

Nadal and Thiem have met 15 times on the circuit, including twice in the French Open final. It was the Austrian who had