After the third-place shoot-out, Nadal admitted that despite losing both his matches, he got what he needed from his comeback at the exhibition tournament.
“Yeah maybe too tough to start after a long time,” he joked, speaking of the calibre of his two opponents in Abu Dhabi.
Addressing his thoughts on his first two matches since shutting down his 2021 season, the Spaniard added: “[Feeling] good, the goal is achieved. Be back on court, play two matches.
“I spent more or less four hours on court during the last two days. Three days because the day before I practiced with Rublev.”