Nadal falls to Anderson on his return to the activity 112 days later – La Provincia

Nadal falls to Anderson on his return to the activity 112 days later - La Provincia


The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal has succumbed this Friday to the South African Kevin Anderson (4-6, 6-3, 6-4) in his return to activity after a long inactivity, a return that has occurred in Abu Dhabi in the exhibition tournament Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

Nadal, current number two world 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 2019 season in which he aspires to recover the top.

He did it against Kevin Anderson, a tennis player who had never won in his five duels precedents in the ATP circuit and that took off that 'spine' after tracing 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 that has won four times, as an opportunity to continue rolling ahead of Australia, first 'Grand Slam' of the season that will begin on January 14 in Melbourne.

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