Rafael Nadal: ‘Hopefully I can keep coming during…’

Few expected it but the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship made all tennis fans see again a match between two members of the Big Four, two former world numbers like Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal. The Briton is back this year to play at full speed but great curiosity aroused the conditions of Rafa, who had stopped for some time due to physical problems. For this reason, this Abu Dhabi event has become something more than an exhibition and everyone wanted to test the conditions of these two athletes in view of the 2022 season, a year that will begin immediately with a bang and with the Australian commitments and with the Australian Open. Andy Murray spoke at the conference and appeared very excited about a challenge he hadn’t had in a long time. Andy vs Rafa has been a regular in these years and the two are thrilled to have seen each other again. The British player spoke and made the following statements: “It was fantastic to have the opportunity to face Rafa again. It’s moments like these that help me make an effort to stay in professional tennis again, I had a lot of fun and I’m glad, our history has always had a great rivalry, he’s back from complicated injuries and it’s fantastic to be on the court. I played a very solid match and served well, I can say I didn’t give him many chances. I think the result is a mix between my good condition and the fact that he had no rhythm and hadn’t played for a long time. I was able to impose my game, I understand Rafa who hadn’t played for a long time, it happened to me too, I can assure you that it’s not easy and that the older we get, the more complicated it becomes.”

Nadal was competing in Abu Dhabi

Rafael Nadal put up a huge fight, but came up short as he lost 7-6 (4), 3-6 (10-6) to Denis Shapovalov in the third-place play-off on Saturday at the 2021 Mubadala World Tennis Championship. He previously lost to Andy Murray 6-3, 7-5 on Friday. “Yeah, maybe too tough to start after a long time. Good. The goal is achieved, be back on court played two matches. I spent more or less four hours on court, during the last two days, three days because the day before I practiced with Rublev. I have been here plenty of times so, the thing is if I’m still playing tennis then I’m always super happy to be here playing. So hopefully I can keep coming during next couple of years.” In the end, Nadal reiterated the fact that he enjoys playing a lot here and everyone knows how much he enjoys it as well. “As everybody knows here the organization, guys from Mubadala, I always enjoy it playing here. I’ve been, the last stop before beginning of the next season, so this year was an exception and I hope to keep going like this. I always enjoy it a lot here.”

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