The 20-time Major champion Rafael Nadal will make his first appearance at the prestigious ATP 500 event in Rotterdam since 2009! World no. 2 will compete at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament for the third time, reaching one final and hoping to repeat that in the first week of March.
Instead of preparations for Indian Wells, Nadal will battle against Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Gael Monfils, Roberto Bautista Agut, Stan Wawrinka, David Goffin and Jannik Sinner under a roof in Rotterdam, seeking the second indoor hard title in a career.
The Spaniard is currently serving a two-week quarantine in Adelaide, preparing for the new season that starts in Melbourne with the ATP Cup and the Australian Open in February. Rotterdam starts seven days after the first Major of the season, and Nadal hopes to make a nice transition and fight for the title at the notable indoor event.
Rafa lost in the second round on his debut in 2008 and reached the final a year later, right after conquering the first Australian Open trophy.
Rafael Nadal can't wait to compete in Rotterdam again.
Nadal needed eight and a half hours to oust Simone Bolelli, Grigor Dimitrov and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and reach the semis, beating Gael Monfils there and setting Andy Murray clash.
The Briton proved to be too strong for Rafa on that day, scoring a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 victory in an hour and 51 minutes to leave Nadal empty-handed. Murray grabbed seven breaks and suffered four loose service games, three in set number two.
The Briton secured a break in the sixth game and held at love with an ace at 5-3 for a strong start. Rafa received treatment on his right knee after the second set's third game and grabbed a break a few minutes later to move in front.
The Spaniard lost serve in the next game and gained another break that kept him 4-2 ahead, closing the set with the third break at 5-4 to force a decider. World no. 1 had nothing left in the tank, though, losing all six games to hand the trophy to Murray.
Rafa won two ATP titles in 2020, including the 20th Major crown at Roland Garros. "I look forward to returning to the Netherlands; it has been too long since I played in Rotterdam. Now that the season looks so different, it fits well into my schedule.
It is a tournament where I enjoy playing, and I hope to make it to the honors list. I look forward to seeing my Dutch friends and fans," Rafael Nadal said.