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Spaniard Rafael Nadal returns via the Brisbane International Championship to face former US Open champion Dominic Thiem. – Magazine Creations

In a difficult return to the ATP Tour after an absence of nearly a year due to injury, Rafael Nadal will face former US Open champion Dominic Thiem in the first round of the Brisbane International, the news agency reported. France Press agency On December 30th.

Earlier, former world number three Dominic Thiem lost to Nadal in the final of the 2018 and 2019 French Open.

Thiem, the Austrian professional tennis player, also suffered from injury and dropped to 352 in the world in 2022 after suffering a tear in his right wrist. He is currently ranked 98. Looking at the stats, the two champions have played 15 times, Nadal winning nine of them and Thiem six.

According to details, Thiem won his last two meetings at the 2020 ATP Tour Finals and the Australian Open in the same year.

He is scheduled to face Nadal on the ATP Brisbane International Tour on January 2, 2024.

Nadal’s last ATP tour?

Earlier on December 8, Nadal, a 22-time major and 14-time French Open champion, acknowledged the possibility that 2024 could be his final season as an ATP professional.

Read also: Rafael Nadal retires next year? The tennis star says, “Good chance that…”

Nadal needed surgery twice and was sidelined with a hip ailment. He even lost in the second round of the Australian Open in 2023, when he faced American Mackenzie McDonald with a score of 4-6,4-6,7-5 at Melbourne Park. His world ranking also dropped to 664th.

Noting that it was “illogical” to set a retirement date, the Spaniard took to I fought and maintained the illusion at all times; I had the right people around me as I always have throughout my career…; …people who want to see “My style of play has had an impact, there is a good chance this will be my last year.” Without a doubt. thank you all”.

Now with the Spaniard back almost 11 months after his injury, he said he must approach his return without any expectations, patience or acceptance of his limitations.

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Published: 31 December 2023 02:32 PM IST

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