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Nadal's return is imminent – a final greeting with many question marks – Sports

Nadal's return is imminent – a final greeting with many question marks – Sports


Rafael Nadal wants to know one last time. After a year's absence due to injury, the Spaniard returns to the Brisbane Tour.

At the start of the new tennis season, all eyes are on one man: Rafael Nadal. The 37-year-old returns to the ATP 250 tournament in Brisbane (December 31-January 7) after an absence of nearly a year.

What do you expect from an injured veteran? No one really knows, not even Nadal himself. “To be honest, I'm not expecting much,” says the 22-time Grand Slam winner. Nadal adds that the main thing for him is to be able to enjoy his comeback.

In the first round against the qualifiers

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In his return, Rafael Nadal will first face a qualifying match on Sunday or Monday, and his exact opponent is not yet known.

Another highly anticipated return in Brisbane is that of Japan's Naomi Osaka, who has not played since Tokyo in September 2022. She mainly struggled with mental health issues and then gave birth to a baby boy in July. The former world number one, who also received a wild card in Brisbane, will meet German Tamara Korbach (WTA 84) in the first round. (seda)

The Spaniard played his last official match in the Australian Open in January 2023, when he failed in the second round. After that, Nadal was taken off the court due to severe hip flexor problems.

Djokovic has Nadal on the bill

As for Novak Djokovic, it is clear that Nadal is not just coming back to play with him. The world number one said: “He wants to win titles, he wants to be the best, and that is why he is: a legend in our sport.” Djokovic is sure Nadal's preparations are aimed at winning another Grand Slam title. .