Time seems not to have passed for Rafael Nadal. The injury seems to have never been suffered by the Spanish champion. Two victories were enough for Rafa to already gain many positions in the ATP ranking, in which he had fallen to the bottom due to a 2023 season practically devoid of matches played.
The Spanish champion, after having fully recovered from the arthroscopic surgery to resolve the injury to his left iliopsoas, seems to be back in great shape on the court.
Returning to play at the Brisbane International 2024, Nadal amazed fans with the performances shown on Pat Rafter Arena first against Austrian Dominic Thiem and then with Australian Jason Kubler.
Thanks to convincing performances, the Spanaird did not concede a set to its opponents and obtained the pass to the quarter-finals of the tournament (in a few minutes he will play against Australian Jordan Thompson for a place in the semi-final - ed.).
The 37-year-old player is a threat to practically everyone, given the very good level of play shown in these first official matches of 2023. For him, the objective is naturally to improve from a physical and mental point of view to carry out the preparation on clay in the best possible way beaten with a view to the Roland Garros and then the Paris Olympics.
As mentioned, in the next round he could challenge the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who easily surpassed Rinky Hijikata.
Nadal climbs the ATP ranking
Nadal started the new year at position number 672 in the ranking but, with these two victories, he recovered 221 places in practically 4 days.
In fact, the Spaniard has currently climbed up to 451st position in the men's world rankings.
Rafa, if he reached the semi-final he would enter the top 350.
If the Spaniard managed to win the Australian tournament, he would get closer to the top 200, waiting to find out what he will be able to achieve at the Australian Open.