Rafael Nadal news: Spaniard confirms return in upcoming ATP 1000 tournament

Nadal has won the ATP event five times, most recently in 2017, and will compete in the event for the 19th time.

Rafael Nadal celebrates his win over Reilly Opelka at the 2022 Indian Wells. (Image: Twitter/ Roland Garros)

Rafael Nadal will return to the ATP Tour in his home country to compete in the Madrid Open, the 36-time ATP Masters 1000 champion and the Madrid event announced Monday. Nadal has won the Madrid Open five times, most recently in 2017, and will compete in the event for the 19th time.

“Despite having a short preparation and facing a difficult event, I can’t wait to play at home, where we don’t have many chances to do so,” Nadal said in a Tweet, confirming his participation in the year’s fourth ATP Masters 1000 event. “I’ll try to do my best. See you in Madrid!”

Nadal had been out since Indian Wells due to a rib stress fracture he suffered in the semi-finals against Alcaraz, but he battled back to face Taylor Fritz in the final. On March 22, he announced that he would be out for four to six weeks, and his return to Madrid puts him right on track. Despite his inactivity, Nadal is currently leading the ATP Race To Turin with a 20-1 record. He started the season on a 20-match winning streak, winning titles in Melbourne, the Australian Open, and Acapulco before reaching the final at Indian Wells.

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In the Madrid event, which switched from hard court to clay in 2009, the Spaniard has a 54-13 record. Nadal debuted at the age of 16 in 2003 and won his first title the following year. He met Carlos Alcaraz for the first time in the 2021 tournament and won convincingly on his way to the quarter-finals. The Caja Magica will host the Madrid Open from May 1 to 8.

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