Rafael Nadal: 'He’s young, he’s brilliant every year'

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Rafael Nadal: 'He’s young, he’s brilliant every year'

Rafael Nadal has finished his quarantine and has already shown a good condition in the performance held against Dominic Thiem in Adelaide. The former world number 1 has high expectations for the Australian Open, where he will try to repeat his only triumph dating back to 2009.

If he wins at Melbourne Park, the Spanish phenomenon would definitively detach his eternal rival Roger Federer in the ranking. -time of the Slams. The 34-year-old from Manacor played his last final in Australia in 2019, when he was overwhelmed by Novak Djokovic, while last year he had to surrender to Thiem in the quarterfinals.

Before the Happy Slam, Rafa will be one of the protagonists of the second edition of the ATP Cup together with his Spain (finalist of the last edition). The Iberian team, which will also be able to count on the contribution of Roberto Bautista Agut, is one of the main suspects for the title on a par with Serbia and Russia.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who will have to contend with rivals such as Alex de Minaur and Stefanos Tsitsipas in the group stage, expressed his feelings on the eve of the team event.

Rafael Nadal on Spain's chances at ATP Cup

“The rest of the team to play our best in every, every moment, because we are a good team with great players who have different options and everybody’s ready to play and to play with very competitive level.

So, let’s see what the captain decides and how the circumstances evolve during the next couple of days" - Rafael Nadal said. After his quarantine, Nadal played an exhibition event, ‘A Day at the Drive’ in Adelaide, Australia, alongside Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, etc.

The stadium was packed with 4000 spectators, and now Nadal expects a great show at the ATP Cup as well. “It was very nice to play the exhibition in front of the public and feel a bit of that reality to which we were accustomed.

Australia took measures and has made great efforts to celebrate these events and receive people”. Nadal said. “Finally, it’s time to talk about tennis. We are in a special situation and we hope we can be a great entertainment for the fans in this difficult times.

We will try to do our best,” Nadal added. Team Spain and Team Australia fill places in Group B along with Team Greece in the ATP Cup. However, before the match, 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal reflected on the skillset of his 21-year-old opponent.

“He’s young, he’s brilliant every year,” Rafa said. They have met each other thrice, including the ATP Cup last year, where the Spaniard soared to victory. But the results don’t allow the ‘King of Clay’ to take de Minaur lightly.