WATCH: Rafael Nadal back on practice courts at Acapulco as the Spaniard eyes his 3rd title of the year

3-time champion Rafael Nadal has started gearing up for the ATP 500 event in Acapulco.

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal

After taking a brief break after winning his 2nd Australian Open title last month, Rafael Nadal is all set to make a return to the tour at the Abierto Mexicano De Tenis, which begins next week.

With eyes on his third title of the year, Nadal took to the practice courts in Acapulco as he gears up to play his first match since his historic Australian Open victory. The official Twitter handle of the Mexican Open posted a video of Nadal in some high-intensity rallies as he prepares to play his first match of the tournament next week.

Rafael Nadal started the season with still a cloud of uncertainty over his match fitness. The Spaniard had to undergo surgery to treat his lingering foot injury last year and as a result, he had to skip Wimbledon and the US Open and finished the year at 6th in the standings, his lowest year-end ranking since 2016 when he finished 9th. 2016 was a tough year for the Mallorcan as he was sidelined due to a wrist injury, but had a remarkable turnaround next year when he won two Majors and finished the year on the summit of the rankings.

He is looking to go on a similar trajectory this year as well. The former World No.1 started his year with a title win at the ATP Melbourne Summer Set 1 and then went to win his 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

Rafael Nadal eyeing his 3rd straight title of the year

Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal at Acapulco 2020

With his win in the finals of the Australian Open, Nadal is currently on a 10-match unbeaten run and will be looking to extend his winning streak at the ATP 500 in Acapulco. But it is a tough road to the title for the Spaniard, with Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Alexander Zverev also in contention for the title.

The 21-time Grand Slam champion has already won the title thrice, with his latest win coming in 2020 when he defeated Taylor Fritz in the finals. After skipping the tournament last year due to injury, Nadal will be looking to add a 4th title to his tally in Acapulco next week.

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