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Rafael Nadal delighted with “special” title on return from injury

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The 35-year-old won his 89th career title after defeating US qualifier Maxime Cressy 7-6 (6) 6-3 in the ATP 250 final ahead of the Australian Open, which begins on January 17.

Nadal saved a set point in the first set tie-break and fired back after a break-up in the second set, before closing the game in one hour and 44 minutes.

“Very happy to start the season with a title … and where we come from is very special,” said Nadal. “Tonight I think I played my best game since I got here, without a doubt, against a very difficult player.”

Nadal took part in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi last month but tested positive for Covid-19 upon his return, further affecting his preparation for the Australian Open where he is aiming for his second title – and the first since 2009.

“If we put everything in place and analyze all the things that I have been through over the past five months, including the Covid after Abu Dhabi, of course I am happy,” he added.

“Of course there were still doubts, but even more doubts for many months, if I can be back.”

But Nadal insisted there was still a long way to go as he looked to recapture the game and add to his tally of 20 majors, a record he currently shares with Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

“Well, exactly where I would like to be is to be 100% healthy … playing until the end of the season and not coming back after five, six months out of competition. … I still have a lot of things to improve. … and I will try very hard. “

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