After having been six months without being able to play due to an injury -with a surgical intervention included- in his left foot and suffering from the Coronavirus in his own flesh, Rafael Nadal shows in Australia that he is focused on his tennis and on being the maximum again exponent of sport, beyond anything said about the Novak Djokovic case. This is how he made it clear this Saturday, in the semifinals of the Melbourne Summer Set, in which he beat Finn Emil Ruusuvuori 6-4, 7-5 in almost two hours of play.
Although it is not in the expected form, which kept it in the first place of the ATP ranking for 209 weeks spread over eight periods (the most recent between November 2019 and January 2020), the Spanish, currently number 6 in the world , showed a good level against a demanding Ruusuvuori (95), whom he never faced before. The Iberian had reached this stage without contesting his quarterfinal match due to the loss of the Dutchman Tallon Griekspooor.
Nadal after dispatching Ruusuvuori with 77 points won.
“It is a very important lap, starting a new season here in Australia is very important. Of course I have to do things better, but after so long it is normal “, said Rafa after returning to a final after that fateful defeat at the gates of the title against Nole, at the past Roland Garros. Thus, for the Melbourne ATP 250 crown, Nadal will play his 126th deciding match on the circuit (he won 88 at the time).
The 35-year-old Mallorcan accumulated a high percentage of points with first services (74%) despite the fact that he conceded five unforced errors, which gave the Nordic an extra opportunity to re-engage in the second set when he was almost finished with 5- 3. Now the head of the Fiera will be focused on adding one more title to his record, in a final that will take place this Sunday against the American Maxime Cressy (112), which has become the revelation of the painting after entering from the previous phase and eliminating the North American Reilly Opelka (26) or the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (28). The meeting will take place on the Rod Laver Arena center court and, in Argentine hours, its start is scheduled between 05:30 and 6 hours.