- Nine-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal returns from wrist injury in Kazakhstan (via Sky Sports)
The world No 2 beat Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 6-4 in an exhibition match in Astana on Thursday. “Every time when I come back after an injury I have an extra motivation,” said the 28-year-old, who was playing his first ever match in Kazakhstan. “I’m set to work hard to gain my top form and to return to my level. I’m very happy to have an opportunity to play tennis – my favourite occupation. I feel much better, I am in good shape. I am trying to forget the wrist. I am trying to get back into a rhythm but that takes time. This has helped.” The nine-time French Open champion was forced to miss the US Open due to the injury, but is now ready to make his competitive return in Beijing next week and then Shanghai.
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El regreso de Nadal a las pistas ha sido en una exhibición disputada en Astaná ante el francés Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, al que ganó por un marcador de 6-7(2), 6-3 y 6-4. Más allá del resultado -anecdótico en este tipo de partidos- la buena nueva fue ver a Nadal jugando a un nivel óptimo de tenis y sin rehuir ningún tipo de golpes.
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Rafael had a mini tennis master class in the sports hall where some of the school’s best tennis players from Key Stage 3 had a chance to “play” with “famous Rafa”.
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And should Nadal take a first title on the Greenwich Peninsula, he would become only the second man – the other is Andre Agassi – to win all four majors, an Olympic title, the Davis Cup and the season finale.
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