Rafael Nadal waited almost a year to return to the court, after the terrible injury that occurred at the 2023 Australian Open. His come back at the 2024 Brisbane International showed Nadal's excellent physical form. Rafa literally crushed his opponent, Dominic Thiem.
So, after a long and long wait the Spanish champion is back on the court. Rafa, 22 times winner of Grand Slam titles, has returned after a long wait and is currently playing in Brisbane, the first Australian ATP 250. Immediately involved in an intriguing match, Rafa faced an opponent like Thiem, who was also looking for himself.
Dominic is now sailing close to the hundredth position, struggling to get back to the top but still wants to compete. The match highlighted the Spaniard's good form, certainly better than what all the fans and media expected.
A set, the first, with the serve in command and with both almost always in control of their game, till Rafa's break.
Nadal amazes the crowd in Brisbane with a super shot!
Nadal appeared in good condition and also gave some super shots to the Australian crowd, ecstatic for the return of their favorite player.
This is one of the points of the match with Rafa who fought until the end and closed with his forehand, one of his main shots. Nadal won the first set 7-5, obtaining the decisive break in the twelfth game and taking advantage of a serious error on Thiem's set point, a shot out in the open court that also shocked the fans on the court.
The Austrian is not in great shape, he also demonstrated this in the qualifiers, and he tried to fight but made a few too many mistakes. Even in the second set Rafa showed excellent tennis, obtaining a victory that dispelled any kind of thought about his real state of form.
Below the point won by Nadal shared by Tennis TV X account: