‘Rafael Nadal did it last year’, says former WTA star

Once the main draw of the Australian Open was drawn and as is usual, great duels were scheduled from the initial round. These are the 5 most attractive matches of the first round of the tournament: 1.- Andrey Rublev vs. Dominic Thiem: Two players who were expected to reach this point in their career as title favorites and for various reasons have fallen a bit short. That doesn’t stop them from being super talented and attractive to viewers. They have already accumulated six matches on the ATP circuit, with the Russian winning four of them and losing two. 2.- Rafael Nadal vs. Jack Draper: This will be the first time they have met in their careers and it paints to be a great game. The Spaniard usually grows on the big stages, although he has played two games this year and lost both. Draper comes from a great week in Adelaide where he is in the semifinals after three straight sets victories against dangerous players like Tommy Paul or Karen Khachanov. 3.- Matteo Berrettini vs. Andy Murray: The conditions of the ranking kept the Italian from the first places, but that does not mean that he is one of the candidates to surprise. He will face the experienced Murray, who continues to have bad luck in Grand Slam draws. Berrettini has won three of the four meetings he has had with the Briton. 4.- Grigor Dimitrov vs. Aslan Karatsev: A couple of years ago, when the Russian emerged, they met in the quarterfinals. Although the Bulgarian seemed to have the match under control, an injury allowed his opponent to advance to the semifinals. Now they arrive with a very similar game rhythm, without so many expectations and that’s why they can give us a great game.

Henin speaks about Nadal

As always at the microphone of Eurosport, Justine Henin placed Rafael Nadal among the title contenders at the Australian Open despite his current form because the man with 22 Grand Slam titles has proven throughout his career and even more these years that it could surprise all observers. “Today everyone has a lot of questions about Rafael Nadal, who continues to find resources year after year. Rafa said he was not in a rebuilding phase and it should not be exaggerated either, but he had a difficult end to the season when he became a dad. Last year he surprised us. Will he be able to do it again when we know that it is the Grand Slam that has always been the most difficult for him? He did it last year.”