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Nadal gets walkover, sails into Melbourne semi-finals

Nadal gets walkover, sails into Melbourne semi-finals
Rafael Nadal sailed into Melbourne Summer Set semi-finals as Tallon Griekspoor withdrew due to a foot injury on January 7, 2021. Photo: ATP

Melbourne, Jan 7 (MNN) Rafael Nadal sailed into Melbourne Summer Set semi-finals as Tallon Griekspoor withdrew due to a foot injury here on Friday.

This is the Spaniard’s first tournament since last year’s Citi Open in Washington. The world number 6, who was dealing with a left foot injury, defeated Ricardas Berankis 6-2, 7-5 on Thursday in the Round of 16.

Nadal will next play Finland’s Emil Ruusuvuori, with whom he trained earlier in the week. The 22-year-old posted a clip of their session on the social media, eliciting a comment from colleague Dominik Koepfer: “Toying with him.”
Ruusuovuori replied, “I wish.”

Finland’s top player advanced to the semi-finals with a 6-2, 6-1 victory against 24-year-old Alex Molcan. Ruusuvuori saved the two break points he faced to triumph after 68 minutes.

This will be the world number 95’s first ATP Head2Head clash against Nadal, who is pursuing his 88th tour-level title. The Spaniard last lifted a trophy at last year’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome.

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