World No.3 Rafael Nadal will make his return to the ATP tour subsequent week on the Citi Open in Washington. The Spaniard was final seen in motion within the semifinals of the 2021 French Open, the place he was downed by World No.1 Novak Djokovic.
Publish his defeat, Nadal determined to withdraw from the Wimbledon Championships and the continued Tokyo Video games. Nonetheless, the 20-time Grand Slam champion will make his debut in Washington, the place he’s planning to get his US Open marketing campaign underneath manner.
“Tickets have been bought out the minute they went on sale. The additional that we might placed on sale, went on sale. And we’ve got a ready listing of 15,000 individuals who wish to come. I believe that’s indicative of the quantity of curiosity there may be in seeing this nice icon of our sport in Washington for the primary time,” Citi Open chairman, Mark Ein expressed his delight to the Tennis Channel.
In the meantime, Nadal’s coach, Francisco Roig additionally opined on the Spaniard’s comeback to the tour and even declared that his cost can beat Djokovic on the 2021 US Open.
‘He can win Grand Slam titles once more and never simply Roland Garros’: Roig
“Rafa has not been taking part in for a very long time, it’s not going to be simple. However he educated effectively and is doing effectively bodily. I believe he can beat Djokovic on the US Open.”
Whereas Roig is assured about Nadal’s probabilities, it is usually attention-grabbing to notice that the 35-year-old has misplaced 18 straight units on the onerous court docket to the Serb and has not overwhelmed his nemesis on the onerous courts in a Slam since 2013, US Open. That stated, Nadal is a four-time winner in New York and will probably be gunning for a fifth one, which might push his complete Grand Slam tally to 21.
The Spaniard’s coach additionally mirrored on how the 13-time French Open winner was hampered by an harm, throughout his loss to Djokovic at Roland Garros a couple of months in the past.
“Nadal suffered a small foot harm within the late levels of his Roland Garros match vs Djokovic. However that’s not the explanation why he misplaced. He can win Grand Slam titles once more and never simply Roland Garros.”