After Rafael Nadal was stopped in the quarterfinals of Australian Open by Dominic Thiem, who will play the AO final against Novak Djokovic, the Spaniard said farewell to Australia and to all the fans that supported him for the incredible moments they had offered him for yet another year in his illustrious career.
“So long Australia. It’s been again an unforgettable time. Thanks to all the tennis fans here and around the world. I’ll definitely be back here next year and try my best!” Nadal said on Instagram. Nadal left Melbourne after world number 5 Dominic Thiem edged him in 4 sets, of which 3 have ended with a tie-break (7/6 7/6 4/6 7/6).
Before being stopped by the ‘Dominator’, Nadal kicked out Hugo Dellien, Federico Delbonis, Pablo Carreno-Busta and Nick Kyrgios. As a parting-gift, Nadal posted a picture of his team and family on his Instagram account.
The next location Rafael Nadal will play at should be Cape Town, South Africa, even if Rafa said in his farewell message: “On my way now to... ??? TBA (To be announced)”. In South Africa, Nadal will play an exhibition match with Roger Federer.
The Spaniard looks forward to it, even if there were some controversies that raised worries about whether the match will take place or not. Something I am very excited about. It will be my first time in the region with Roger as a tour guide – that will be fun”, Rafael Nadal declared.
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