Expectations From Rafael Nadal’s Return Laid Bare as Roger Federer’s Former Coach Receives Encouraging Update

Published 12/14/2023, 11:43 PM EST

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Tennis legend Rafael Nadal has managed to stay on top of the discussions after his confirmation of being back on the court. The Spaniard, who recently announced his comeback at the Australian Open 2024, has been in doubt about his competency. While the legend is currently on a training schedule, fans recently received an update from a special person.

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Soon after announcing his comeback in the upcoming season, Rafael Nadal has taken himself for a tough training schedule in Kuwait. Accompanied by young tennis star Arthur Fils, the legend is trying to train like he did while he was young. Recently, Fils sent an update on Rafa’s performance which acted as good news for the tennis world.

Arthur Fils forwards an update from his training schedule with Rafael Nadal

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The tennis world could think of anything but celebration as Rafa himself came forward to confirm the rumors of his comeback in the upcoming season. Soon after the confirmation, Rafa packed his bags and left for an extensive training schedule in Kuwait. Bringing another surprise for the fans, the tennis star was accompanied by the rising star Arthur Fils.

While the training partners have been away for quite a while, Fils recently conveyed an update on Rafa’s form through none other than Roger Federer’s former coach Ivan Ljubičić. While fans stood worried about Nadal’s comeback because of the unseeded situations ahead, former coach Ivan Ljubičić, who worked with Roger Federer, came forward to reassure fans of the Spaniard’s rebuilding strength as he mentioned, “Nadal? Fils wrote to me that he is playing at a very high level. I still expect great things from Rafa.”

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As the fans found themselves in a confused state about Rafa’s competency levels after his recent recovery, Ljubičić’s update surely acted as good news for them. Now that the tennis star is regaining his strength to be back on the court, the community has been in discussions about the Spaniard’s potential to cope with the highly competitive environment.

Lukes Rasol talks about the challenges waiting to welcome Rafa

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As the tennis legend Rafael Nadal is gearing up for his return to the court in 2024 after a long hiatus, Lukas Rosol recently put forward the challenges that the Spaniard will have to face on his road to make space again in the ATP rankings.

“Yes, Rafa will start again soon, probably already in AO24 (Australia Open). It is gonna be a big challenge because he is already 37 years old, and for sure he will face many problems and challenges. I think it will be his last year and a maximum of 12 tournaments. I don’t think he can do more,” he said, indicating an early exit for the tennis star.

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As Nadal prepares for his comeback, fans are still in a state of confusion about the hurdles he might encounter given his age and past injury. With Roger Federer’s former coach joining several other tennis entities to back Rafa’s comeback, fans still have a growing hope of their favorite tennis star’s better chance to perform well.

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Akshay Kapoor

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Born into a family that practically breathes tennis, I spent my early childhood days huddled together with my loved ones, watching the electrifying rallies of the legendary Rafael Nadal. Such a unique experience forged a lifelong love for the sport in me. Before joining EssentiallySports, I honed my skills while working for a regional website, covering a variety of sports.
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