Rafael Nadal: 'I really liked watching him play many times live'
by SIMONE BRUGNOLI | VIEW 5941
Rafael Nadal is still preparing for his return to competition after a foot injury and the Melbourne ATP 250 that kicks off on January 4 looks like a good scenario. The Spaniard leads a large lineup that also includes former No.
4 Kei Nishikori, former World No. 5 Kevin Anderson and 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov. Nadal has not competed since this year's Citi Open, where he lost to Lloyd Harris in the round of 16. The Spanish star currently ranks No.
6 in the FedEx ATP Rankings. Other players targeted in the tournament are the great American server Reilly Opelka, the Kazakh Alexander Bublik or the Dutch Botic van de Zandschulp, a quarter-finalist of the US Open. That same week, Frenchman Gael Monfils will headline the Adelaide ATP 250 lineup, which also features former world No.
3 Marin Cilic. Crowds of young stars will compete on the slopes of Adelaide, including Italian #NextGenATP Lorenz Musetti and Americans Sebastian Korda, Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe. Muguruza and Badosa will be in Adelaida Garbiñe Muguruza and Paula Badosa, third and eighth classified in the world ranking, will kick off their season in a demanding WTA 500 in Adelaide that will start on January 2 and will run until the 9th of January.
same month. The women's team will be a complicated level test after nine of the first ten classified appear on the list of tennis players who will directly access the final table. The Australian Ashleigh Barty (1), the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka (2), the Czechs Karolina Pliskova (4) and Barbora Krejcikova (5), the Greek Maria Sakkari, the Polish Iga Swiatek and the Tunisian Ons Jabeur will be the main rivals of the Spanish to win the first crown of 2022.
Nadal will play in Abu Dhabi
During the course of the conversation, Rafael Nadal was asked a series of fun questions like if he prefers cats or dogs (dogs), comedy or horror (comedy) and surfing or fishing (both). The interview then veered to who his favorite footballer in the world was.
Nadal immediately replied that it was Ronaldo, but also clarified that he meant Brazil's Ronaldo Nazario and not Cristiano Ronaldo. "The truth is that, with Ronaldo Nazario, I grew up watching him when I was little, and I really liked watching him play many times live," Rafael Nadal said.
Rafael Nadal will start his warmup for the new season at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi next week. The singles exhibition tournament also features other prominent stars such as Emma Raducanu, Andy Murray and Andrey Rublev.