To find Rafael Nadal inside a tennis court in official competition, you have to go well back in the year. It was in the month of February, more precisely in the ATP 500 in Acapulco, where the Spanish beat the North American Taylor Fritz 6-3 and 6-2 in the final.
Between that definition in Mexican lands and his debut in the Foro Italico against his countryman Pablo Carreño Busta, 199 days of inactivity will have elapsed for the matador.
These almost seven months away from the courts are only comparable to those that Rafa was without playing due to injuries in 2012, where after falling in the second round of Wimbledon against the Czech Lukas Rosol he decided not to play again until the following year due to a problem on his right knee.
After his decision not to participate in the US Open due to the poor sanitary conditions that it provided, according to Nadal himself, the city where the tournament was played, preferred to continue making a good preparation to face the -delay- brick dust season, where throughout his career he had the best results. The beast is ready to return, and the Foro Italico has everything ready to receive the emperor with honors.