PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Emil Ruusuvuori to advance to Melbourne final ahead of Australian Open

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.

21 comments

  1. Congratulations Rafa! I dread the day when you decide to retire. I’m not ready to see you not playing anymore. I’m one of your biggest fan since I saw you beat Roger Federer in Miami 2004. I’m hooked ever since. Looking forward to seeing you play in the Australian Open. Much love ❤

  2. Congratulations Rafa. Delighted you are in Final and will look forward to you lifting the Trophy. You will do it. Buena Suerte Champion

  3. Congratulations Rafa. Not an easy 2nd set but you did it. Am delighted that are in the Final. Good Luck tomorrow. You

  4. Rafa,
    You are the GREATEST of ALL TIME! Including being a
    Gentleman on and off the court! Vamos Rafa…
    We in Miami know you can do it! Good Luck and Stay Healthy. God Bless!

  5. Set your course, stay thatcourse, watch for wind changes and jibe when necessary all will take you to your destination. Vamos!!!!

  6. I knew u gonna do it cos u r the champ a u doing what’s the champion is capable if doing,ride on Rafa,ride on

  7. Great to see you enjoying the victory💪Stay focussed amid the bedlam! 🍀🎾👍👏❤️

  8. Congrats Rafa👏 Good luck in the final, hope to see you kiss the trophy!🍀🎾❤️
    Also congratulations to Team Canada 🇨🇦!

    😴😴

  9. ENHORABUENA!!! Rafa, adelante, te esperamos..
    El partido no ha sido televisado? No te encontrado, pero te seguido por Google,
    SIEMPRE CONTIGO!!!

      • I know, it sucks! I think I’ve been sold short with my subscription to Amazon Prime! It’s all about the money with these providers.

      • I agree. I just assumed that Amazon Prime would cover this 250 tournament, especially with Rafa as top seed. Tennis TV does cover every ATP tournament and the annual subscription is reasonable. I subscribe to both. However, as a UK Resident, I must say that Amazon Prime is much better value than Sky Sports ever were when they covered the ATP Tour and Amazon Prime also cover the WTA Tour, which Sky never did, which is great.

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