Rafa Nadal disputes his final number 126 in the ATP. The American, born in Paris, is measured Maxime Cressy, 112 in the world and from the previous phase, in the title match at the Melbourne Summer Set (ATP 250). The Balearic, number 6 in the world, has not lifted a trophy since the Master 1,000 in Rome last year.
This tournament is the The Spaniard’s return to competition after almost six months absent from the slopes due to a left foot injury. At the end of December he played the Abu Dhabi exhibition tournament and was later forced to stop his preparation after testing positive for coronavirus. The stop in Melbourne was set on his schedule as a shoot for the Australian Open.
Rafa Nadal – Maxime Cressy, live
7-6, 0-0. The second set starts
7-6 SET FOR NADAL
Rafa has known how to suffer in this set and in the tie-break.
6-6 (7-6) Set point for Rafa
To the rest, Rafa wins the minipoint to Cressy. First option to close the set with his serve for the Balearic.
6-6 (6-6) Great rest of Nadal
Rafa saved the set-ball with a great rest.
6-6 (5-6) Set point for Cressy
Rafa risked. Double fault. The American has the option of taking the set with his serve.
6-6 (4-5) Cressy holds her serves
The American takes the lead. Now it is Rafa’s turn to serve.
6-6 (3-3) Mini-break para Cressy
The American equals the tie-break
6-6 (3-0) First mini-break for Christmas
Rafa gets an advantage.
6-6 We go to the tie-break
Nadal takes the game. We are going to the tie-break. This is the seventh Cressy has played in this tournament and he has won them all.
5-6 Cressy secures the tie-break
The American becomes strong with the serve. He risks with the second because he is aware that his options pass there in this match.
5-5 Blank game for Nadal
Nadal has responded with another blank game. Cressy made two unforced errors. Rafa dominated the rally to define with solvency. Every time blows are exchanged, Nadal takes the point.
4-5 Blank game for Cressy
No option for Rafa. The American dominated with the serve to score the first blank game of the entire match.
4-4. Nadal does not loosen
Nadal adjusts the serve to force the error of his rival. Good game for the Balearic who leaves better sensations as the game progresses.
3-4. Cressy saves two more break balls
With a good serve, the American saved Rafa’s first break option in this game, the fourth of the match. Then another great serve caused Nadal’s mistake on the rest. With an advantage for Cressy, the tape played in favor of Rafa to place the deuce. A great passing allowed Rafa to get another break ball. Cressy played second and was able to save the situation. He went up to the net and Rafa crashed the ball into the net. The American grew up to finally take the game.
3-3 Break option for Rafa
New break ball for Nadal (30-40).
3-3. Nadal picks up the pace
Rafa evens the game. He risked the serve which led him to add another double fault, but he took advantage of his other first serves to take the game.
23. Cressy dominates with her serve
New game for the American very solvent with his serve.
2-2. Nadal responds
Rafa takes the game but is not fine with the serve. He added another double fault. When the points are lengthened, the Spaniard dominates and Cressy goes through problems.
1-2. Cressy does not give in with her serve
Cressy does not give Rafa a choice. When the first serve comes in, he dominates the point without too much trouble. Accumulate 78% of points won with your kickoff.
1-1. Iguala Rafa
Rafa Nadal was consistent with the serve to get 40-0. Then he had to play second serves. Cressy took advantage of it to, with the help of the tape, go 40-30. He could not reach more. Nadal closed the game.
0-1 Cressy saves three break balls
Cressy trusts everything to serve. He started the game with three double faults. Then he hit an ace and three powerful serves that allowed him to score the points with as many net volleys
0-0. START THE MATCH
Sirve Cressy in the first game of the final.
9:35 The warm-up rally begins
Nadal and Cressy are already warming up at the Rod Laver Arena
9.30 First duel between Nadal and Cressy
Cressy meets Rafa Nadal for the first time. The American tennis player, born in Paris, has been a professional since 2019. In the last US Open he beat Pablo Carreño (5-7, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and 7-6) in the first round in a match in which the Asturian did not certify four match points.
9.15 Who will win this match?
Rafa Nadal and Maxime Cressy are about to jump into the Rod Laver Arena
8:55 Nadal analyzes his rival in this final
Cressy, 24, will enter the ATP Top 100 for the first time this Monday. Nadal warned yesterday, after reaching the final, of the dangerousness of Cressy. “He’s serving very well and playing very aggressive and this type of surface helps those characteristics,” Nadal said.
8:45 Nadal, more than 6,100 days in the Top 10 of the ATP
Nadal has been able to celebrate in Melbourne his 6,100 consecutive days in the Top 10 of the ATP. He did it on January 6. A gift from the Kings that make him the tennis player who has been among the top 10 for the longest time since the birth of the ATP Rankings in 1973. He entered on April 25, 2005, a day after winning the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell against Juan Carlos Ferrero. If he wins today in Melbourne he will break a negative streak in Australia where he has not lifted a trophy since 2009 when he won the first Grand Slam of the year.
8:35 Nadal, for his 23rd hard court title
Nadal, who has already played at least one ATP Tour final for 19 consecutive seasons, could become the eighth player with the most titles on the court. Right now he’s wearing 22, the same as John McEnroe, Michael Chang and Stefan Edberg.
8:25 Cressy, from the pre-final
The American Maxime Cressy, 112 of the world and coming from the previous phase, He reaches the final after beating Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals 7-5, 7-6 (9). Before he eliminated his compatriot Reilly Opelka in the second round after saving two match points (4-6, 7-6 and 7-6) and the Spanish Jaume Munar in the third (7-6 and 6-4). In the previous one he beat Joao Sousa (6-32 and 6-3), Andrea Vavassori (7-6 and 7-6) and Rinky Hijikata (6-3 and 6-0).
8:15 Nadal’s path to the final
Rafa Nadal reaches the final after beating Ricardas Berankis in the first round by 6-2, 7-5. He then stepped into the semi-finals without having to face the Dutchman Tallon Griekspoor, who left due to injury before starting the match. In the duel prior to the title match, the Spaniard defeated Emil Ruusuvuori 6-4, 7-5 in almost two hours of the game.