Rafael Nadal is crowned champion at the Melbourne Summer Set and prepares for the Australian Open


Rafael Nadal won the tournament prior to the Australia Open.

Rafael Nadal won the tournament prior to the Australia Open.

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The Spanish Rafael Nadal beat the American classified from the previous Maxime Cressy, who based his game on an effective serve and volley, by a tight 7-6 (6) and 6-3 to be proclaimed champion of the Melbourne Summer Set.

Cressy, who started the game dubiously after committing three double faults in his first service game, came to forgive a set ball at service after Nadal committed a very fair double fault that protested to the referee Carlos Bernardes despite Melbourne Park applies the hawk eye live.

It was when the manacorí showed his status as a favorite after beating the tennis player born in Paris with two powerful right hands. and later, with his serve, sentence an expensive first set.

The young Cressy, 24 years old, took the lead with a break in favor in the first section of the second set, but Nadal responded with an immediate ‘counter-break’ that he repeated when the score was 4-3 in his favor to leave sentenced a final set that would sign 6-3.

Nadal won an ATP title again after his victory in the Rome final against Serbian Novak Djokovic last May.

Rafael Nadal affirmed that he does not consider himself a real candidate to obtain the title at the Australian Open, although he pointed out that “in this sport things change very quickly.”

“This year I have a different ‘approach’ despite the fact that expectations are always very high for everything I have won. Today is a day to enjoy the title, “he explained at the press conference after his victory in the Melbourne Summer Set final.

“Today I served and subtracted well, he was a very uncomfortable opponent. I’m quite satisfied on a personal level, ”he commented after adding his nineteenth consecutive season with at least one title.

Nadal will now prepare for the start of the Australian Open that will be next January 17, a tournament in which it is still unknown if Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic will be able to participate after his controversial stay in a hotel after the rejection of his visa in the oceanic country.

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