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Rafael Nadal Beaten By World No.11 Hubert Hurkacz In Practice Match Before Australian Open 2023

Highlights:

  • The World No. 11 defeated Rafael Nadal 7-6, 7-5 in the match.
  • At the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal will face Jack Draper of the United Kingdom in his first match.
  • Nadal is the reigning champion in the Australian Open.

Without a doubt, Rafael Nadal has had a disappointing performance in 2023. In a practice match ahead of the Australian Open on January 12, he was defeated by Hubert Hurkacz of Poland. The World No. 11 defeated the Spaniard 7-6, 7-5.

The match was a part of the exhibition matches that took place at Melbourne Park during a four-day period before to the tournament on hard courts. Hurkacz shared a photo on social media after the match with the 22-time Grand Slam champion.

He captioned the post, “Thanks @RafaelNadal for a great practice today. Good to be back in Melbourne,” Hurkacz wrote.

Nadal competed in the United Cup earlier this year, where he dropped both of his singles matches. He lost his first match to Cameron Norrie 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. Then, at the Ken Rosewall Arena, Alex de Minaur of Australia defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3, 1-6, 5-7.

Despite not being able to start the year off right, Nadal isn’t concerned with his form.

“Six hours on court almost. I need hours on court. I need battles like this. I didn’t play much official matches in the last six months, almost seven. Days like these two help,” Nadal reportedly told the media.

He further added, “Of course, with victories the process is faster, but I need to keep fighting. That’s it. For a few moments, I played a good level of tennis. Playing good with the backhand. Changing directions with the forehand.”

In Carlos Alcaraz’s absence, Rafael Nadal will enter the men’s singles draw as the number-one player, and on January 16 he will face Jack Draper of the United Kingdom.

Read | 30 Interesting Tennis Facts That Will Astonish You

After defeating Daniil Medvedev in an exciting five-set match, Rafael Nadal is the reigning champion. He dropped the opening two sets before making an epic comeback.

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Swastika Dubey
Swastika Dubey
Swastika's inclination towards sports, irrespective of the game, has often left her peers awestruck. She never misses a sporting event and devours every single piece of information pertaining to an athlete or their game. People who know her say that calling her a sports fanatic would be an understatement.

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