Nadal returns with a victory over Cobolli, strikes on to the second spherical in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal has returned to tennis and life goes on. The Balearic legend returned to official competitors 102 days later and defeated the younger Flavio Cobolli, 6-2, 6-3, in 1 hour and 25 minutes. It was the 18th time that Rafa returned from damage and solely as soon as, towards Borna Coric, in Cincinnati 2022, has he didn’t win.

It did not matter that the champion of twenty-two majors arrived final Wednesday in Barcelona with out the conviction of being prepared for the God – the Barcelona Open. He arrived to scent the sand and really feel the adrenaline of the competitors.

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With a much less potent serve – some second serves traveled at 143 kilometers per hour – and the typical dropped about 15 kilometers per hour in comparison with serves earlier than the damage. However Cobolli made various unforced errors. The Italian appeared to cower after he heard the ovation the central RCT Barcelona followers gave to Rafa Nadal when his title was referred to as. The 8,000 seats on the enviornment had been offered out for months.

Nadal’s household was in attendance

Among the many attendees was his whole household, who needed to observe him in what could also be his last season. His dad and mom, Sebastian and Ana Maria, his spouse, Mery, and his sister Maribel, had their place in one of many containers.

Three breaks gave the Spaniard the opening set and the lead within the second set at 2-0. Flavio gave himself a primary and final likelihood to interrupt within the third sport.

The 12-time event champion was not prepared to tug out the sport within the sweltering warmth. This Wednesday, with no relaxation as a result of he’s 644th within the rankings, Alex de Miaur, eleventh within the rankings, awaits. And the 2 have already confronted off within the not too distant previous, going head-to-head within the United Cup 2023.

Rafa managed a fourth break to make it 3-1, and he celebrated some key factors in model, resembling a shot on the internet that gave him the 30-15 within the seventh sport of the second set.

It was his 67th victory in a event the place he has solely misplaced on 4 events. His share of effectiveness is 94.36 p.c. Nadal has solely misplaced 45 matches on clay and Cobolli, 17 years youthful, was not ready to turn into considered one of his tormentors.

Nadal and his 18 comebacks

Nadal’s 18 comebacks

  • 2003 Wimbledon + Mario Ancic 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
  • 2004 Bastad + Jiri Vanek 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
  • 2006 Marseille + Olivier Rochus 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
  • 2009 Doha + Fabrice Santoro 6-0, 6-1
  • 2009 Montreal + David Ferrer 4-3 and withdrawn
  • 2010 Indian Wells + Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 6-4
  • 2013 Through del Mar + Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-2
  • 2014 Beijing + Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0
  • 2016 Rio Video games + Federico Delbonis 6-2, 6-1
  • 2017 Brisbane + Aleksandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-3
  • 2018 Davis Cup + Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-2, 6-3
  • 2019 Australian Open + James Duckworth 6-4, 6-3, 7-5
  • 2021 Monte Carlo + Federico Delbonis 6-1, 6-2
  • 2022 Melbourne + Ricardas Berankis 6-2, 7-5
  • 2022 Mutua Madrid Open + Miomir Kecmanovic 6-1, 7-6(4)
  • 2022 Cincinnati -Borna Coric 7-6(9), 4-6, 6-3
  • 2024 Brisbane + Dominic Thiem 7-5 and 6-1
  • 2024 God + Flavio Cobolli 6-2 and 6-3

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