Rafael Nadal (6th in the world and top seed in Melbourne) advanced to the semifinals of the first ATP 250 of the season after his rival, the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor (65 °) will not appear.
In this way, Nadal returns to a semifinal of the circuit after more than seven months. The last? The remembered semi of Roland Garros against Novak Djokovic, when the Serbian ended up imposing.
After Paris, Nadal took a break (he did not participate in the turf tour) and traveled to the United States. In Washington, he lost to Lloyd Harris in the round of 16 and, once in Canada, he had to give up playing Toronto due to injury.
Manacorí’s next rival is Emil Ruusuvuori (95th in the world). In the other semi they will play Maxime Cressy (112 °) against Grigor Dimitrov (28 °).