Nadal Shows No Signs of Break Rust:Dominance Over Kubler Propels Him to Quarterfinals

In less than an hour and a half, he defeated Australian Jason Kubler 6:1, 6:2

by Sededin Dedovic
Nadal Shows No Signs of Break Rust:Dominance Over Kubler Propels Him to Quarterfinals
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Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal showed his stellar form as he triumphed over Jason Kubler in the second round of the Brisbane International. The world-famous player defeated the 102nd Australian in a row, 6:1, 6:2, demonstrating his dominance and determination on the court.

In the first set, Nadal broke Kubler's serve early, securing breaks in the second and fourth games. With a commanding lead of 5:0, Nadal allowed only one game to the Australian, confirming a 1:0 advantage in the seventh set.

The second set followed a similar pattern, with Nadal breaking Kubler's serve in the first game and eventually sealing the match with his own serve.

Aggression is a recipe for success

Nadal expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to compete again after a long absence from the tennis scene.

In less than an hour and a half, he knocked out Kubler, with one focused approach. "I think I started the match well, I was very determined. I saw that Jason can play well from the baseline so I tried to be as aggressive as possible.

I think this was a good match for me. I have a chance to play again tomorrow which is very good for me. I've been out of the tournament for a long time and I can't be more grateful," said Nadal. Playing three matches in just ten days after almost a year off, Nadal emphasized the importance of getting match practice.

"I need matches. I have to keep training. The last two matches and the first doubles I played and the hours spent on the court mean a lot. I have a chance to play and that's good news for me. " The match against Kubler was not without special features, as Nadal received a warning for being late from the toilet break.

He explained the challenges presented by Brisbane's wet conditions, expressing his intention to manage the weather more effectively in the coming year. Looking ahead, Nadal will face another Australian, Jordan Thompson, in the quarterfinals.

As he continues his comeback journey, Nadal remains focused on maintaining his competitive edge and making a strong impact in the 2024 season.