The first pictures of Nadal’s training sessions around the world on social media look positive. Nadal moves well and, as always, makes a well-trained impression. But whether the foot really holds will be shown for the first time this Friday when Nadal in Abu Dhabi after a bye at the start either against Andy Murray or the British Thiem substitute Dan Evans.

With the return to the tournament, Nadal is already a big step further than Thiem and his long-standing rival Roger Federer. The 40-year-old Swiss is still a long way from a comeback and will probably only be expected for the summer lawn season. “At my age, a few months do not matter either,” said Federer, for whom it is only a matter of saying goodbye to a brilliant career.

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