Tennis: Despite a great performance (and 3 match points), Rafael Nadal lost in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane tournament

Rafael Nadal, who made his comeback this week after a one-year break, was defeated in the quarter-finals of the Brisbane tournament this Friday. He lost to Australian Jordan Thompson in three sets (7-5, 6-7, 3-6).

The Brisbane tournament ends today for Rafael Nadal, who has completed two challenging rounds. The former world number 1, who has not been able to play for almost a year due to injuries and two surgeries, was defeated in the quarter-finals of the tournament held in Brisbane, the capital of Australia, this Friday. Against Jordan Thompson (ranked 55th in the world), playing in front of the crowd, Rafa fought bravely but could only lose in 3 sets (5-7, 7-6 (8/6 in tie-break), 6-3). ) this Friday.

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The former world No. 1, 37, won the first set in 1 hour and 14 minutes, then came away with three match points in the second set. Nadal left the court in the third set to go to the locker room for treatment.

Even if he cannot make it to the last four, this magnificent return to the court is very encouraging for Nadal. The 37-year-old former world number 1, who has 22 Grand Slam titles, has not played in singles since his defeat in the second round of the Australian Open on January 18, 2023. He suffered a hip injury and dropped to 672nd place. His next tournament will be the Australian Open on January 14.

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