Rafael Nadal delighted with ‘particular’ title win on return from harm

The 35-year-old captured his 89th profession title after seeing off American qualifier Maxime Cressy 7-6 (6) 6-Three within the remaining of the ATP 250 occasion forward of the Australian Open, which begins on January 17.

Nadal saved a set level within the first-set tie-break and fought again from a break down within the second set, earlier than closing out the match in a single hour, 44 minutes.

“Very completely happy to start out the season with a title … and from the place we’re coming, it is very particular,” mentioned Nadal. “Tonight I believe I performed my finest match up to now since I arrived right here, for sure, towards a really troublesome participant.”

Nadal participated in an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi final month however examined constructive for Covid-19 on his return, additional affecting his preparation for the Australian Open the place he’s aiming for his second title — and first since 2009.

“If we put every part collectively and analyze all of the issues that I went via the final 5 months, together with the Covid after Abu Dhabi, in fact I’m completely happy,” he added.

“In fact there have been nonetheless doubts, however much more doubts throughout lots of months, if I can be again.”

However Nadal insisted there was nonetheless a lot to be carried out as he appears to be like to regain match sharpness and add to his tally of 20 majors, a file he at present shares with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

“Nicely, precisely the place I want to be is being 100 % wholesome … enjoying till the top of the season and with out coming again after 5, six months outdoors of the competitors … I’ve lots of issues to maintain enhancing … and I’ll strive arduous.”

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