Nadal returned to compete and took a comfortable victory in Melbourne

Although he had already made his debut in the doubles tournament, Rafael Nadal officially returned to compete in singles after 5 months inactivity due to his foot injury. It was 6-2, 7-5 win over Ricardas Berankis to advance to the quarterfinals at the Melbourne ATP 250.

The manacorí, the first seed in the table, had advanced directly to the second round, in which he faced the 31-year-old Lithuanian tennis player and whom he had never faced.

On his return, Rafa showed his characteristic aggressiveness in the game: He took control of the game, distributed from one side to another, managed the times and even gave himself the pleasure of giving away the occasional large balloon to delight the public in Australia.

With this victory, Nadal started in a good way a season in which he will surely aim to win more filming than in 2021, a year in which he won two titles (ATP 500 in Barcelona and Masters 1000 in Rome), but in which he played quite little.

It should be remembered that the 35-year-old tennis player towards the end of 2021 had participated in a exhibit in Abu Dhabi and then tested positive for Covid-19. Faced with this panorama and in the middle of his recovery in the foot, he arrived to prepare for the Australian Open, to be played January 17-30.