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Melbourne Summer Set 2022: Rafael Nadal Advances Into the Semi Finals of the Tournament With a Walkover

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Rafael Nadal is playing extremely well this season. The Spaniard has made some bold claims with his performance going into the 2022 season. Though the Spanish player did not have a good 2021 year. He was out for most of the time due to injury. The last major tournament that he played was in the French Open. He was eliminated in the semi-finals of that tournament at the hands of Novak Djokovic. 

Rafa then played in the Citi Open in August but an injury restricted him to play further. Since then, he has been working on a return to the court. The Spaniard made a return to the court in December but that did not go as planned by him. he played in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship. 

He was defeated in the semi-finals by Andy Murray. Rafa then lost the match for third place against Denis Shapvalov. Currently, he is playing in the Melbourne Summer Set 2022. Here the Spaniard is doing wonders. Also, he will compete in the upcoming Australian Open. 

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Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal advances into the semi-finals

Rafael Nadal won his first match against the Lithuanian player Ricardas Berankis. The Spaniard player won the match pretty comfortably with a scoreline of 6-2, 7-5. With this win, he secured a spot in the quarter-finals of the tournament. 

In the quarter-finals, he was supposed to play against Tallon Griekspoor. But the player from Netherland was unable to show his participation in the match. This resulted in him winning by walkover. He has now sealed his spot in the semi-finals of the tournament. He will now play against Emil Ruusuvuori of Finland. 

The 22-year-old posted a clip of their session on social media, eliciting a comment from colleague Dominik Koepfer: “Toying with him.” 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The player from Finland was seen practicing against the Spanish player before the tournament had actually begun. Considering the form that Rafael Nadal is in right now, he is the most favorite to advance into the finals of the tournament. We expect a win from Rafael Nadal in straight sets in the semis. If he manages to win the tournament, he will make a bold statement coming into the Australian Open.