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Now yes: Rafael Nadal already has a rival for his return to the circuit in Barcelona

Now yes: Rafael Nadal already has a rival for his return to the circuit in Barcelona

Rafael Nadal will compete again for the first time since January in the tournament ATP 500 Conde de Godó in Barcelonain which the Italian will be measured Flavio Cobolli in the first round, after the draw held this Saturday, in one of the competitions tennis most important about brick dust.

The 37-year-old Spaniard, with 22 Grand Slam titles under his belt and a 12-time winner in Barcelona, ​​suffered a thigh injury in the Brisbane tournament last January and since then has had to successively withdraw from several tournaments, such as the Australian Open, Doha, Indian Wells, Miami or more recently the Monte Carlo Masters 1000.

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Your compatriot Carlos Alcarazwho also resigned from the Monegasque tournament last week due to an arm injury, will also participate in the Barcelona tournament.

In the last two years, injuries have marked Nadal’s career, to the point of seeing his retirement increasingly closer.

Its great objective for 2024 is Roland Garrosthe Parisian tournament in which he built his legend with 14 titles, before eventually participating in the Paris Olympic Games.

And Barcelona is presented to the Mallorcan as a first step towards those two objectives.

“I am happy to be here, obviously, Barcelona is a place that has given me a lot of joy, where I have spent times of my life. [Real Club] Tennis Barcelona is my club, I am enjoying being here these days”Nadal commented during the draw, according to the ATP on its website.

“During the last two years there have been very few days on the circuit, so spending days here, seeing people and being able to train with players is already a joy,” he added.

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During the draw on Saturday, in which he acted as the innocent hand, he was paired in the first round with the Italian Flavio Cobolli, current world number 63, whom he has never faced before.

If he goes to the second round, he could face the Australian Álex de Miñaur (N.11) and one of his possible rivals in the semifinals would be Carlos Alcaraz (N.3), first seed during this tournament.

Recovered from the injury to his right arm that forced him to give up the Monte Carlo Masters 1000, “Carlitos” will debut in the second round.

Source: Ambito

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