Rafael Nadal: opponent, match date, TV channel… What you need to know about the return of the Spanish tennis champion

Almost a year later, Rafael Nadal will return to singles competition at the ATP 250 tournament in Brisbane. He will face Austrian Dominic Thiem in the first round.

We are ready for great excitement. Rafael Nadal is (finally) fixed. After an appetizing doubles defeat against the Purcell/Thompson pair this Sunday, the Spaniard will make his singles comeback in Brisbane on Tuesday, January 2.

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Almost a year after withdrawing from the 2023 Australian Open, the man with 22 Grand Slam titles returns with the knife between his teeth, perhaps to say goodbye but above all to win. And the draw really shocks us as he will be going up against Dominic Thiem.

The Austrian pilot, currently ranked 98th in the world and out of qualifying, will be a good first test for the Mallorcan. Even if the two players are no longer at their 2018-2019 level, it’s a drool-worthy poster. Over the years the two men have faced each other in the Roland-Garros final, the same result each time, victory for the Spanish king.

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Nadal leads 9-6 in matches against the winner of the 2020 US Open. The last meeting dates back to November 2020 and the group stage of the ATP Finals. In London, Thiem won this last duel (7-6, 7-6), even making it two consecutive successes against Rafa since winning the titanic quarter-final at the 2020 Australian Open (7-6, 7-6, 4- 6, 7-6).

Guess who’s back?

Tomorrow, 22-time Grand Slam champion @Rafael Nadal Playing his first professional match in almost a year?

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The match between the two men who are looking for redemption to start 2024 in the best way will be followed on Eurosport on Tuesday, January 2.

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