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Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep win at warm-up event

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat the American qualifying Maxime Cressy 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 to win the Melbourne Summerset 1 ATP 250 event, gaining momentum for the Australian Open.

The Spaniard, who has been playing his first competitive tournament since August, had little problem as he finished his victory in 1 hour and 48 minutes.

Rafael Nadal is on his way to defeat Maxime Cressy in the Men’s Finals of Somerset in Melbourne.credit:AP

Cressy was under heavy pressure from off to Nadal and had to keep three break points in the first service game, but splitting the two in the rest of the first set that required a tiebreaker There were few.

Nadal stepped on the gas in the second half of the tiebreaker, saving setpoints 5-6 and earning his setpoint as a forehand winner. I converted this to make the first set 7-6 (8-6). ).

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Cressy made the first break in the second set to take the 2-1 lead, but Nadal quickly shut down the possibility of a comeback and returned the set to serve.

The Spaniards then broke again to lead 5-3 and hold the serve to win the title.

“Being here means a lot because I’ve come back from some difficult moments and injuries,” said the 20-time Grand Slam Champion before praising his opponent.

“Tonight, I think I’ve definitely played the best match I’ve ever played against a very difficult player since I arrived here.

Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep win at warm-up event

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