Top-seeded Rafael Nadal booked a spot in the Melbourne Summer Set final with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Emil Ruusuvuori. Rafa finished the match with 24 winners to 21 unforced errors, and he converted three of his four break point opportunities.
It took Rafa just a single week in 2022 to guarantee him 19th consecutive season where he has reached an ATP singles final. His first final came in 2004, and he has not missed a year without at least one appearance in a championship match since.
It’s an important comeback after 5-6 months out of competition. Thank you for the love and support. It’s good to be back in Australia.
Of course I need to do things better on the court but it’s step by step.
My body is holding and that’s the main thing. Sometimes the tennis is not perfect… it’s about being patient and trying my best every single moment.”Rafa Nadal
Our champ will now look to capture his 89th ATP Tour title against American qualifer Maxime Cressy.