Rafael Nadal seeking ‘a little bit more rhythm’ after Fast4 comeback

Rafael Nadal in action

Rafael Nadal made his return to action on Monday, stating it was “a good comeback” adding he needs to find “a little bit more rhythm”.

The world No 2 is once again under an injury cloud ahead of the Australian Open as he withdrew from last week’s Brisbane International due to a left thigh strain problem.

However, he allayed fears that he would miss the season-opening Grand Slam and came through his Fast4 Tennis exhibition match against Nick Kyrgios.

The Spaniard went down 4-0, 3-4, 5-3 against the Australian, but he was nevertheless pleased with the outing.

“The first set was quick. That’s how it works, this Fast4, and especially playing an unbelievable talent, a player like Nick,” Nadal said.

“(But) I was there. I need to (find) a little bit more rhythm.

“I think it was a good start for me, a good comeback to the action in front of a fantastic crowd here in Sydney.

“I really enjoyed it a lot, playing tonight here. I’m happy to be back on court and then happy that I’m healthy again.”

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