Rafael Nadal, finalist: while the world is pending of the Djokovic scandal, it returns to look for a title after five months without playing
The number 1 in world tennis, Novak DjokovicHe hopes that this Sunday his judicial situation will be resolved to find out if he will finally be able to compete in the Australian Open, for having had coronavirus last December or they will deny him the medical exemption and he will be deported from the oceanic country in the middle of an intense controversy.
The case of Djokovic, whose visa was revoked in Melbourne for not being vaccinated against the coronavirus, should be resolved in the next few hours, after the Serbian’s appeal. And meanwhile…
The Spanish Reef Nadal He defeated Finn Emil Ruusuvuori at the Melbourne Summer Set (ATP 250) this Saturday and will contest the title on Sunday morning in Argentina against American Maxime Cressy.
The Mallorcan, back on the circuit after five months of absence due to a foot injury, and after having been infected with Covid-19 in December, he beat 6-4 and 7-5 over the Finn, in the tournament that prepares for the Australian Open (between 17 and 30 of January).
“For me it is important to return to the circuit after so many months. It is special to start a new season in Australia and for sure I have to keep improving on the court, but we are going step by step “Nadal said two days after his first victory in 2022, against the Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis (104th) by 6-2, 7-5.
Later, he did not have to play in the quarterfinals against the loss of his Dutch rival Tallon Griekspoor (65th). “My body feels good, I had an extra day. After the time without playing there is always more concern, but to be 100 percent I have to be patient and try everything at all times “, warned the Spaniard, who will look at the Australian Open for its 21st major. Something that will not be easy, logically.
On the other side, Cressy, 112th in the world, of French origin and from the classification, reached the first final of his career at the age of 24 by defeating Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov hours before against all odds by 7-5 and 7-6 ( 11-9).
Nadal will play his 126th deciding match on the circuit and will seek the 89th trophy. His last title was at the Masters 1000 in Rome, in May 2021, while his last crown on hard courts was in February 2020, in Acapulco. “I love what I do. I am very lucky to be able to live off one of my hobbies. I want to enjoy it as much as I can … while I can, “he said, about his deepest feelings.