Rafael Nadal Gives Back Issues Update Ahead of Clash Against Stefanos Tsitsipas at Australian Open 2021

Published 02/15/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts during his first round match against Serbia’s Laslo Djere REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake


World No. 2 Rafael Nadal is currently in Australia, competing for the season’s first Grand Slam title. When Rafa initially began his journey at the Australian Open, he faced some discomfort in his back. The problem seemed to bother him, due to which he had to change his service action.  

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However, as Rafa progressed into the tournament, he has felt better. Nadal won his fourth-round match against Fabio Fognini today. He won the match in straight sets of 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, in a match that lasted a little over 2 hours. 

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 15, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal after winning his fourth round match against Italy’s Fabio Fognini REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Rafael Nadal: “My Perspective and Excitement Is Different Compared to 5 Days Ago”

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After his win today, Nadal gave an update regarding his back issues and stated, “I’m excited about playing that quarterfinals match.

“If we compare how I was five days ago and how I am today’s situation, it’s different, and my perspective and excitement is completely different, too.”

Rafa will now face a stern challenge against Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinal of the Australian Open 2021. They’ve played against each other 7 times, with the Spaniard winning 6 times as compared to the Greek player’s one win. Nadal won their previous 3 meetings with the last 2 played on indoor hard courts.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 11, 2021 Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas in action during his second round match against Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

Over the course of the tournament, Nadal beat Serbia’s Laslo Djere in the first-round, followed by American qualifier Michael Mmoh in the second-round. In the third round, Rafa beat British player Cameron Norrie. Today, he registered a win against a tricky Fabio Fognini with relevant ease.

Ahead of the Australian Open, the 20-time Grand Slam winner was representing Spain at the ATP Cup 2021, played in Melbourne this year. However, Nadal didn’t feature in any of those matches as he faced troubles with his back. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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