Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud met again this Wednesday for an exhibition match in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where they also played a mixed doubles match with two legends of the country.
Six days after their clash at the Turin Masters, won by the Spaniard, Rafael Nadal and Casper Ruud met this Wednesday for an exhibition match on the side of Buenos Aires in Argentina. Arrived a few hours earlier, the two champions had gone to the spectacular Iguazu Falls, on the border with Brazil, before holding a major press conference where they were questioned in particular about football, while all Argentina vibrates for the World Cup and fell from high with the defeat against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. Then it’s time for serious things, with this match eagerly awaited by the Argentine public, which Nadal finally won 7-6, 6-2 against Ruud, whom he had already beaten in the final of Roland-Garros. Ruud was broken at 2-2 in the first set, but was unbroken at 4-2, and Nadal finally got the last laugh by winning the tiebreak 10-8. The second set was easier for the world number 2, who took the opposing serve in the third and fifth games, and prevailed.
Victory of the Nadal-Sabatini double
“I am happy to have been able to share these moments with the Argentine public, very passionate and knowledgeable about this sport. They have always treated me in the best possible way and I take with me an injection of positive energy”, rejoiced Nadal who, during his career, played three times in the Buenos Aires tournament (in 2005, 2015 and 2016) and won it in 2015 by beating four Argentinians during the week (including Juan Monaco in the final). After the match, Nadal and Ruud took part in a mixed doubles with two Argentinian women’s tennis legends, Gabriela Sabatini (52) and Gisela Dulko (37), respectively former winner of the US Open and former world No. 1 in doubles. Sabatini and Nadal won the only set that was disputed: 6-4. Now it’s time for vacation for the two champions, who we will see again in less than two months in Australia.