It’s always better to start with a win, even when your name is Rafael Nadal. In full preparation for the Australian Open (January 16-29) where he will defend his title, the Spaniard with 22 Grand Slam trophies lost this Saturday against Cameron Norrie (14th in the world) as part of a Spain-Great Britain meeting in the United Cup.
Well launched in the first set, won 6-3, Nadal (world No. 2) was then overwhelmed by the Briton who won the other two sets (6-3, 6-4), to beat for the first times in his career the Spanish ogre (in 5 attempts).
“It was pretty crazy…Norrie said during his on-court interview. I was thinking about the fact that I had never won a set against him before, I wanted to do this first and I had to be super patient. It was a super physical game. I really enjoyed it, it was huge to finally beat him. It’s a great way to end the year. »