Nadal returns between questions

The question hovers around the Foro Italico in Rome: How will Rafa be after 200 days without playing an official tennis match? This Wednesday we will know.

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The question hovers around the Foro Italico in Rome: How will Rafa Nadal be after 200 days without playing an official tennis match? The unknown will be resolved this Wednesday from 7:00 p.m., when he takes to the track to face Pablo Carreño. The whimsical draw has brought about a debut that is not a bargain for the Balearic Islands, because his compatriot has just starred in a superb performance at the US Open, where he reached the semifinals and had Alexander Zverev on the ropes. Carreño arrives rolled, while Nadal will have to trust his feelings in training, although, as he said at a press conference, "competing is not like training." The Asturian's handicap will be the fatigue accumulated in the Grand Slam and the change of surface in such a short time, from hard to clay. So it will not be easy either, and much less with Rafa in front. In any case, the duel between Davis' two teammates is promising. The champion Nadal against the Spaniard who took the reins of the national tennis in his absence.

All are doubts in such an atypical year, in which the gravel season, one of the moments of the sporting spring, has passed to September, with the 1,000 Masters in Rome as the only preparatory stage, plus the testimonial Kitzbühel and Hamburg, for face Roland Garros. Under normal conditions we would be writing that the course reaches Nadal territory, where it has pulverized records. In the Roman tournament itself he aspires to his tenth title. But in reality you have to proceed with all caution, because six months without competing, with only the last four of training, is a world caught between two questions. Nadal was not in the mood to travel to New York, but in Rome, and on clay, he feels at home. Rafa returns. He was missed.



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