Rafael Nadal breaks another sensational longevity record, in Brisbane

The Spanish champion is showing a good psycho-physical level at the Brisbane International, approaching records and climbing the ATP ranking

by Lorenzo Ciotti
Rafael Nadal breaks another sensational longevity record, in Brisbane
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Rafael Nadal has just started the quarterfinal match against Jordan Thomposon, at the Brisbane International 2024. The Spanish champion is stunning media, insiders and fans in Australia. His first two performances have already shown a good level of psycho-physical shape, despite the playing conditions, with a lot of humidity and heat.

And not only that: above all, it must be considered that the Spaniard is back on the court after a year out, following the terrible injury that occurred at the 2024 Australian Open. After beating Dominic Thiem in the first round in Brisbane, the former ATP No .1 repeated it against Jason Kubler, beating him clearly 6-1 6-2.

Rafa is now facing another Australian tennis player, Jordan Thompson, in the quarterfinals of the ATP 250.

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The career of the 22-time Slam champion speaks for himself.

His professional life certainly needs no introduction. And data and statistics show how Rafael Nada's comeback is extremely significant. This is the 21st season in which Nadal has reached the quarterfinals of at least one ATP tournament.

Ahead of him are only three other tennis players: Feliciano Lopez (22 seasons), Jimmy Connors, (23 seasons) and Roger Federer (24 seasons). Data in hand, for now Rafa has done even better than his nemesis Novak Djokovic. Considering that the Spaniard only has 2024 left (but who knows, maybe he could extend his horizon to 2025 too), it will be difficult for him to match these records of Federer, but the future, as they always say, nobody knows!

Nadal analyzes the match he won against Kubler

The Spanish tennis player, as I wrote above, overcame very harsh playing conditions, with high levels of heat and humidity.

Yet, despite this, his physical level seemed excellent: "It was a positive match, without a doubt. In the first five games I expressed an excellent level of tennis by doing almost everything in the right way. I played well for most of the match and I'm happy with the win.

Obviously it's important for me to win and play another match tomorrow. This is what matters most now. When you face break points it's important survive, because you train yourself to face adversity," he told.

Rafael Nadal, Brisbane 2024© Chris Hyde / Stringer - Getty Images Sport

However, Nadal is convinced that he still needs to improve his condition: "Something I need to work on considering that I haven't been in this position for some time.

I felt some sensations after my debut: I hadn't lived in the country for a year. tension of a real match and therefore the muscles were a little tired. But in general terms I felt good. The operations on my hip and psoas muscle are not causing me any problems, and that is very important. My foot is responding well and I can move without any limitations."

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