‘Comes off so genuine for Rafael Nadal’, says top journalist
Rafael Nadal had very bad luck in the draw for the 2023 Australian Open. The current champion of the first Grand Slam of the season will soon have to leave the bad feelings with which he arrives at the event, and will have to improve for a debut that will be seems extremely complicated.
Nadal accumulates two defeats at the beginning of the season against the British Cameron Norrie and the Australian Alex De Minaur, and now he will have to face another Briton in the figure of Jack Draper. Draper is through to the Adelaide 2 ATP 250 semifinals, with three wins on the week without dropping a set.
It will be the first time that he faces Nadal. In case of victory, the winner of the clash between the Americans Brandon Nakashima and Mackenzie McDonald will be measured. Beyond that they can scare him, his first seed would reach the third round and could be the Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka.
They beat the Japanese the only time they met, although it was in 2017. For the round of 16, the degree of complexity increases since he could face off with his executioner in the last Grand Slam, the American Frances Tiafoe.
It was already known in the preview of the draw that the favorites could face off with the Russian Daniil Medvedev or the Italian Matteo Berrettini right in the quarterfinals, and that could happen to Rafa in the case of Medvedev.
Very soon the final of last year could be repeated. The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (3) and the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime (6) could be his rivals in the semifinals, while the Serbian Novak Djokovic and the Norwegian Casper Ruud (2) could only face him until a hypothetical final.
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Journalist Connor Joyce stated that he found the 22-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal very genuine. “Sitting in on my first Rafael Nadal press conference. He walks in, shakes hands with the audio/transcription staff, and then makes sure all journalists are arrived and seated before answering the first…
Source : tennisworldusa