Following Lorenzo Sonego, Felix Auger Aliassime and Emil Ruthbuoli, Rafael Nadal will be welcoming Roberto Bautista Agut at his home in Mallorca this week. Spain’s top players will train together prior to their trip to Melbourne, reunite in the first week of February and lead Spain in the second ATP Cup.
A year ago, Nadal and Bautista Agut lost 2-1 to Serbia, despite leading Spain to the ATP Cup final and winning the opening match. Nadal finished the previous season with a record 12th Top 2 and lost the ATP throne to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open, but remained in the Top 2 throughout the year.
Nadal suffered three defeats in the ATP Cup and Australian Open David Gofan, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem, bounced off at Acapulco at the end of February to win the 85th ATP title and defeated all five rivals in a straight set. I did.
After the coronavirus outbreak, Rafa spent six and a half months at home, leaving court in March and April and returning in May. The Spaniards, who were practicing on clay, decided to skip the US Open with Cincinnati and returned to action in Rome, losing to Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals.
Having played three games since February, Nadal went to Roland Garros and faced the ultimate challenge of harsh conditions, new balls and a brand new roof over Court Philippe-Chatrie. Rafa once again showed his splendor, beating all seven rivals in the straight set and raising the 20th major trophy, in line with Roger Federer’s record.
In the last three encounters, Nadal stood strong against Jannik Sinner, Diego Schwartzman and Novak Djokovic, defeating Novak 6-0, 6-2 and 7-5 to win the 13th French Open crown. I got it.
Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut practice together in Mallorca.
By the end of the season, Nadal had been a semi-finalist for the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals, helping to win against Daniil Medvedev in London and dropping to three sets.
Roberto Bautista Agut finished in the top 15 for the second year in a row, winning 20 of 28 games in 2020 and entering the semifinals of Cincinnati and Cologne. Roberto stood strong against his lower rivals in the ATP Cup, achieving six straight wins and unable to repeat it for the rest of the season.
The Spaniard lost to Marin Cilic in five sets at the Australian Open and played his best tournament following the resumption of the season in August. Roberto, who fell from 5-2 in the final, won five games in a row against Novak Djokovic and won the final, but lost at a crucial moment and finished his semi-final journey. Bautista Agut finished the season in the semi-finals in Cologne.
– Tennis Sports
Rafael Nadal practices with Roberto Bautista Agut before traveling to Melbourne
https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Rafael_Nadal/93922/rafael-nadal-to-practice-with-roberto-bautista-agut-ahead-of-melbourne-trip/ Rafael Nadal practices with Roberto Bautista Agut before traveling to Melbourne