The Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal has succumbed this Friday to the South African Kevin Anderson (4-6, 6-3, 6-4) in his return to the activity after a long inactivity, a return that has occurred in Abu Dhabi in the tournament of exhibition Mubadala World Tennis Championship.
Nadal, current world number two behind Novak Djokovic, had not played since September 7, when he had to retire injured against Juan Martin del Potro in the semifinals of the US Open. 112 days later, he returned to appear to prepare the season 2019 in which he aspires to recover the top.
He did it before Kevin Anderson, a tennis player who had never won in his five previous duels at the ATP circuit and who took off that 'spine' after going up against the Balearic, who scored the first set after chaining two 'breaks'.
However, Nadal noticed the logical lack of pace after so much time off the field and ended up losing after a match that lasted almost two hours. The spiky Anderson (2.03 meters) closed any gap with his service and he had a break in each of the following partial to sign the comeback.
In any case, this defeat has a relative importance for Nadal, who had considered his participation in the Mubadala, a tournament he has won four times, as an opportunity to keep on rolling for Australia, the first 'Grand Slam' of the season It will begin on January 14 in Melbourne.