The Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal has assured that this Friday’s victory against the Russian Karen Kachanov (6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1), which has given him the pass to the round of 16 of the Open of Australia has been his “best match” since his return to the court after a five-month absence, and he has stated that it gives him “a lot of energy” to continue his journey in the first ‘Grand Slam’ of the season.

“I have gone through very hard times over the last year and a half; for me, nights like today mean everything,” he said at a press conference. “It’s a very special week for me. Coming back after more than five months and doing it here is something very special,” he said about his foot injury, which kept him absent since last August.

In addition, the Spaniard, seeded sixth in Melbourne, explained that the victory gives him “a lot of energy” to “keep fighting every day.” “It’s thanks to all the effort that my team, my family… put together to try to get back to where I am today. This means everything now, I’m very happy,” he said.

Finally, the man from Manacor recognized that this has been his best game to date since his return. “Tonight I played a great game against a great player and a good friend on tour. Without a doubt, it was my best game since I came back, for sure,” he concluded.