Watch: Rafael Nadal rips forehands on practice court



by JOVICA ILIC

Watch: Rafael Nadal rips forehands on practice court
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Rafael Nadal is training hard at his tennis complex in Mallorca, hoping to return to action in a couple of months! The newest video shows Nadal on an indoor court, working on his game following a nasty hip injury that almost ended his career.

The veteran has been sidelined since January, injuring his hip at the Australian Open and undergoing surgery a couple of months later. Rafa spent many months off the court, enjoying his tennis-free summer with his family and friends and recharging his batteries.

Nadal has been training for weeks, increasing the pace of his training sessions and doing everything to return to action as soon as possible. If his body reacts positively, we should see Nadal at next year's Australian Open, although it's still too early to make predictions.

Everything worked well for Rafa in the first half of 2022, dealing with injuries but winning trophies at the Australian Open and Roland Garros. Nadal made an incredible comeback in the title clash in Melbourne, ousting Daniil Medvedev 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5 in just under five and a half hours.

Thus, he became the first player with 21 Major titles, adding another a few months later in his beloved Paris. Nadal injured his abdominal muscle at Wimbledon, withdrawing before the semi-final and struggling to recover by the end of the season.

The Spaniard made a slow start to the current season, entering the Australian Open despite slim chances of defending the crown. The Spaniard passed the opening obstacle before losing in the second round, experiencing his earliest Major loss since 2016!

Rafael Nadal is training at home in Mallorca.

Nadal fell to Mackenzie McDonald 6-4, 6-4, 7-5, injuring his hip in the second set and ruining his season already in the first weeks! McDonald moved 4-1 up in under 20 minutes and saved a break point in game ten for 6-4.

Nadal lost serve at 3-3 in the second set and asked for a medical timeout on his left hip in the closing stages. Mackenzie brought the set home after Rafa's tired forehand at 5-4, opening two sets to love advantage. Nadal gave his best in the third set, refusing to retire despite an apparent struggle.

He fired an ace on a break point at 4-4 and extended the battle. Mackenzie painted a backhand down the line winner in game 11 to grab a decisive break. The American landed a service winner at 6-5 to seal the deal and send the Spaniard packing.

It remains Nadal's most recent match, withdrawing from the remaining events and dropping out from the top-200 for the first time since 2003!

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