Rafael Nadal promised a packed Adelaide crowd that he would keep trying to win the Australian Open again, joking that everyone has forgotten he’d already won it.
Nadal was playing in a pre-slam showcase event against Dominic Thiem, billed as ‘A Day at the Drive’ which is the curtain raiser to both the ATP Cup and Australian Open which starts in a few days.
Both Nadal and Thiem were clearly loving being back on court and playing in front of a full house, with plenty of laughs shared during the match.
The World number two beat Thiem 7-5, 6-4, and in his post-match interview he discussed the Australian Open and thanked Tennis Australia and the public for their support.
“I hope to have the right preparation for the Australian Open, I won there in 2009 but almost everybody has forgotten about that.” joked Nadal.
“I have been training hard and this year I will keep trying my best.”
“It’s been a hard year for the whole world in general.
“For us in Spain, we were hit very hard with the virus. We’re still in a very tough situation.
“I think Australia is an amazing, positive example for how to make things the right way and control the pandemic. So, many congratulations to the country.
“Last two weeks have been great, of course it’s not ideal to stay 14 days in quarantine but that’s the way that we need to do things today.
“We can’t thank South Australia and Tennis Australia enough.”
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