The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal will make his absolute debut tonight in the ATP 500 in Washington, United States, North America, a continent that has sat him wonderfully in recent times: he lifted three titles and reached two semifinals in his five recent presentations.
The left-handed man, born in Manacor, Mallorca, 35 years ago, began his devastating ride at the 2018 Canadian Masters 1000, held in Toronto, where he celebrated after beating Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, 27 racket on the planet at the time. In the previous instances, he had prevailed against Benoit Paire, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Karen Khachanov.
The journey continued at the US Open 2018, although without the dreamed outcome: after leaving David Ferrer, Vasek Pospisil, Khachanov, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Dominc Thiem on the road, a discomfort in his right knee forced him to withdraw from the match preceding the decisive round, against Argentine Juan Martín Del Potro, who was 7-6 and 6-2 up on the scoreboard.
The next year, the 88-time ATP-level champion performed at Indian Wells. Nevertheless, the outcome would be repeated: an injury in the same area forced him to not even show up in the semifinal match, against Roger Federer, four of the circuit.
The fourth participation was again in the Masters 1000 of Canada, although held in Montreal at that time, competition in which he was crowned by beating Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3 and 6-0, number 9 in the world at that time.
His last presence on North American soil was at the US Open 2019, tournament in which he became champion for the fourth time by defeating Medvedev in five sets, positioned in the fifth echelon of the ranking, in the final instance. On the way to the trophy he had beaten John Millman, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Hyeon Chung, Cilic, Diego Schwartzman and Matteo Berrettini.
Nadal, currently three in the world and trained by his compatriot and former player Carlos Moyá, will seek in Washington to extend its chilling streak on North American soil.