Rafael Nadal is currently playing in the Italian Open. While he comfortably won his first match against the US Open semi-finalist compatriot, Pablo Carreno Busta, world number 2 is missing the fans and their energy.
Additionally, due to coronavirus concerns, no spectators are allowed in the matches. Besides, this is the first tournament for the Spaniard without the fans. He skipped the US Open because of the pandemic and to prepare for the clay season.
Nadal, in conversation with the media after the match, said, “It is not beautiful- the feeling of playing without the spectators. It is because the energy of fans is impossible to describe.”
“Today Has Been A Very Positive Comeback”- Nadal
The 19 times Grand Slam winner was pleased with his comeback performance. He said, “But for me, at least, today has been a very positive comeback.”
While the Italian Open was planning to accommodate the spectators in a limited number in the arena, the recent spike in the number of corona cases prevented them from going ahead with this decision. Besides, the same situation is expected to arrive in the upcoming French Open.
The tournament is expected to host 11,500 tennis fans every day. However, it is still to be seen if they are able to go ahead with this step or not. Additionally, Paris is seeing a rise in the number of cases.
Nadal comfortably won the first match, which was considered a tricky draw for the defending champion. Nadal was playing his first competitive match in a duration of 7 months. But by winning the match by 6-1, 6-1, he proved again that it is going to be tough to beat him on his favorite surface.
In the third round match of the tournament, the “King Of Clay” will either face Dusan Lajovic or Milos Raonic. Nadal, who is a 9-times winner in Rome will again like to win the tournament and make an announcement for the upcoming French Open.