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Rafael Nadal had examined constructive for Covid-19 final month.© AFP

Rafael Nadal stepped up his return from Covid and harm with a patchy win over qualifier Ricardas Berankis on the Melbourne Summer time Set match on Thursday. The 20-time Grand Slam champion launched his Australian Open preparations with a 6-2, 7-5 win within the second spherical, his first singles match on the ATP Tour since August. The 35-year-old, who examined constructive for Covid final month, was in motion simply as his rival Novak Djokovic was dealing with deportation from Australia. Nadal, who suffered a foot harm final 12 months and sat out Wimbledon and the US Open in 2021, acquired a first-round bye on the Melbourne Summer time Set earlier than assembly Lithuania’s 104th-ranked Berankis.

Nadal, who performed doubles on Tuesday, regarded in good contact early on and wrapped up the primary set comfortably, breaking Berankis twice.

The Spaniard broke Berankis early within the second set and regarded on monitor for an easy win when he led 5-2, just for his serve to go off the boil and permit the Lithuanian again into the match.


Berankis levelled the set at 5-5 earlier than Nadal ultimately held serve, then broke as soon as extra to wrap up victory.

He’ll now play both Australia’s Alexei Popyrin or Tallon Griekspoor of the Netherlands within the quarter-finals.

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