Nadal’s injury comeback foiled by Murray

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Spanish clay court legend Rafael Nadal saw his injury comeback halted at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship.

He lost in straight sets to Briton and former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray 6-3 7-5 in Abu Dhabi.

The match was 35-year-old Nadal’s first since a foot injury ruled him out of the final months of the 2021 season.

Murray will face Russian world number five Andrey Rublev in the final on Saturday.

Three-time Grand Slam winner Murray and Spaniard Nadal have not faced each other on court since the Madrid Masters semi-final in 2016.

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