"She has won 19 career titles..."
For second year in a row the champion in Mallorca will play the final of the next Australian Open.
A six to eight week recuperation would allow Nadal to return well before the clay court season.
He had been carrying the injury before the match against Mackenzie McDonald.
There were also fears over the fitness of Novak Djokovic.
Melbourne (Australia), 16/01/2023.- Jack Draper of Great Britain (L) at the net with Rafael Nadal of Spain following their Men'Äôs Singles 1st round match on Day 1 of the 2023 Australian Open tennis tournament at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia, 16 January 2023. (Tenis, Abierto, Gran Bretaña, España, Reino Unido) EFE/EPA/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT
"He has a big chance to win the Australian Open."
Rafa Nadal arrives to Palma airport after travelling from Australia.
The Spanish great is now one major title clear of his 'Big Three' rivals.
The Russian will now seek to stop Nadal from setting an all-time men's record of 21 Grand Slam titles.
"I have been a little bit unlucky during my career with some injuries and other times I played amazing finals with good chances."
7-6 (16-14) 6-2 6-2 to Rafael Nadal.
Rafa Nadal has beaten Karen Khachanov.
Vehicles carrying unidentified individuals depart the car park at the offices of Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic’s legal team in Melbourne.
A Federal Court convenes to hear the 34-year-old's appeal against the Australian government's second attempt to boot him out.