Although he already made his debut in the tournament, but in doubles with Jaume Munar, Rafael Nadal jumps onto the field as a candidate in the singles box of the Melbourne Summer Set.
The Spaniard comes after a long absence from which he returned at the Mubadala exhibition in Abu Dhabi at the end of last year. His last game on the Tour was in Washington on August 5 of last year (loss to Lloyd Harris).
The 35-year-old, who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, He is finalizing the preparations for the start of this new season and hopes not to suffer major setbacks with the ailment in one of his feet that took him away from the courts.
His rival will be the Lithuanian qualifier Ricardas Berankis who beat the American Marcos Giron in the premiere of the main draw and Tomás Martin Etcheverry in the preliminary phase.
In addition, the Argentine present in the tournament Facundo Bagnis will collide with Grigor Dimitrov.