‘I’ll Give You 5 Matches To Take Revenge’ – Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud Announce Exciting News for Fans

Published 10/01/2022, 6:30 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 5, 2022 Spain’s Rafael Nadal and Norway’s Casper Ruud pose for a picture before the men’s singles final REUTERS/Yves Herman

Rafael Nadal is all set to return to action this November. Although the Spaniard won two Grand Slam titles at the beginning of the year, this year has seen him suffer several injuries, which has inevitably led to retirement rumors floating around the tennis world.

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After the US Open defeat, the 22-time Grand Slam champion was unsure about his return to the tour. But now tennis fans are thrilled that they will see the Spaniard participate in the South American Exhibition tour. Recently, the world number two Casper Ruud, posted some exciting news about his and the tennis legend’s upcoming tour on his social media account.

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Casper Ruud is all set to face Rafael Nadal

The Roland Garros and US Open finalist took to Instagram to share a video that features him and the 22-time Grand Slam champion. Through that video, they announced their participation in an exhibition tour in South America. 

 

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In the video, the 23-year-old talked about playing a revenge match against Nadal. Replying to Ruud’s query, the Spaniard said, “Let me think… Ok, I know what we can do. We can play a match in Buenos Aires. I give you the [chance for] revenge there and if you win; I treat you to a barbecue…” 

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Continuing on this, he added, “Do you know what? I’ll give you 5 matches to take revenge: one in Buenos Aires, another in Bogota, another in Quito, another in Belo Horizonte and another one in Ciudad de Mexico. Are they enough?” Next month, the 22-time Grand Slam champion and the US Open finalist, who are good friends and occasionally train together, will compete in five matches in South America. The series will start from November 23, and the first match will be played in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Carlos Alcaraz and Nadal to create history 

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After winning the US Open, Alcaraz rose to the top of the ATP rankings, followed by the US Open finalist in second and the 22-time Grand Slam champion in third. After the tournament, the Norwegian tennis player lost to Yoshihito Nishioka in the Korea Open quarterfinals. Subsequently, after losing in the tournament, the 23-year-old has given his spot in the rankings to his idol, Nadal.

Mar 19, 2022; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Rafael Nadal (ESP) gripping shakes hands Carlos Alcaraz (ESP) after their semifinal match at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Nadal had an exceptional year as he won the Australian and the French Open this year. He became the most successful player in the Open era followed by Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who have 20 and 21 Grand Slam singles victories, respectively. 

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For the first time in the history of the sport, the top two spots will be held by two Spanish athletes. Additionally, they will be the second pair to take over the top spots since 2000, when Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras of the United States were ranked number one and number two.

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Pratishtha Prakash

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Pratishtha Prakash is a Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media and Journalism from MIT ADT University, Pune. In the past, she has interned at the sports desk of The Hitavada, a regional English daily newspaper.

Edited By: Tony Thomas

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