Rafael Nadal to Play at ATP Rotterdam After 12 Years

Published 01/19/2021, 12:16 PM EST
Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning his group stage match against Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs


Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal is currently in Melbourne. There, he will be playing the ATP Cup and the Australian Open to kick off his 2021 season. However, after these events, nobody knew where he would be playing next until now.

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Recently, it has been revealed that the Spaniard is joining the entry list for the Rotterdam Open. The last time that he played there was way back in 2009, which is why it is great that he is returning there. He is also excited about it as he said,

“I am looking forward to returning to the Netherlands. It has been a  long time since I went to play in Rotterdam. This year, the season has a difficult calendar and in this case, it fits well into my schedule. It’s a tournament that I like to play and hopefully, be in their honours roll.”

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 26: Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland and Rafael Nadal of Spain hug at the net after Wawrinka won their men’s final match during day 14 of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 26, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka Set To Face-Off Again

The match that people are surely looking out for in Rotterdam is definitely the one between Rafa and Stan Wawrinka. It has been quite a while since they faced each other as their last match was back in 2019.

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That battle was won by the Spaniard and in fact, the last 6 matches have gone his way. This is partially due to Stan’s drop in form after 2017 when he underwent knee surgery. Hopefully, he will find his best tennis soon so that we can see a neck-and-neck battle in Rotterdam.

In addition to this potential match-up, another one to look forward to is between Nadal and Daniil Medvedev. The last time they faced was at the 2020 ATP Finals where the Russian outlasted Rafa in a thrilling match. The World No. 2 is surely seeking revenge, which is why that match is definitely going to be interesting.

Clearly, this edition of the Rotterdam Open is probably the best one yet. There are so many amazing potential match-ups, which is why fans should definitely not miss it when it begins on 1st March.

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