Strong start of the 2022 season for Rafa Nadal
The Majorcan won with authority the first tournament of the year, the Melbourne ATP 250, and left a very good feeling
Rafa Nadal returned to the courts after a five-month absence due to an injury on his right foot and made a big comeback at the ATP 250 in Melbourne by adding his 89th title to his career. “Holding a trophy means a lot after being so long without playing,” said the Majorcan after rediscovering himself with the victory. Last season he was only able to compete for the first half of the year, winning the titles of Barcelona and Rome.
The twelve-time champion of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell beat American Maxime Cressy 7-6 (6), 6-3 in the Melbourne final, in a match where seniority played in favor of the Spaniard. Nadal, who was in his 124th final, was much more serene than his rival during the match and knew how to control the encounter at key moments. Cressy stepped on the court with nothing to lose and put the former world No. 1 in problems in the first set, forcing an agonizing tie-break. In the second set, the Majorcan reacted and brought out the best version of himself to secure his first title of the year and, more importantly, confirm that physical problems are behind him.
With this triumph, the RCTB-1899 player already has 89 titles in his record and is approaching the podium of the most successful tennis players in history (he is five wins behind Ivan Lendl). Jimmy Connors continues to dominate this statistic with 109 titles, to Roger Federer’s 103. Behind, next on the list after Rafa Nadal is Novak Djokovic with 86.