Nadal then returned in January, surprising even himself by winning a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, 13 years after he had last won the tournament. He also picked up titles in Melbourne and Acapulco before getting injured in Indian Wells, where he reached the final.
This time it was a rib injury that sidelined the Spaniard for six weeks, and he was disappointed to be hindered by the foot so soon after his comeback. “I started the season great, then happened the rib,” he said after losing to Shapovalov. “Since I came back, the foot have been tough, being honest, no?”