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Rafa Nadal ‘absolutely fine’ after practising with Daniil Medvedev – who has tested positive for COVID

Rafael Nadal is “absolutely fine” after practice partner Daniil Medvedev tested positive for COVID at the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday.

World No. 2 Medvedev tested positive after the pair’s session on Monday, but Nadal’s publicist Benito Perez-Barbadillo has revealed that the Spaniard and his team all returned negative tests on the same day.

“Nadal is absolutely fine. As we understand the virus does not anyways show before three-four days,” Perez-Barbadillo told Reuters.

“The next scheduled testing is in three days (on Thursday).”

Nadal – an 11-time champion in Monaco – is scheduled to play his opening match at the Masters 1000 event on Wednesday. After receiving a first round bye, the third seed will face world No. 87 Federico Delbonis –  who defeated Adrian Mannarino in the opening round.

The 34-year-old Spaniard has won all four previous meetings with the Argentine in straight sets. Nadal’s most recent triumph in Monte Carlo came in 2018 – when he beat Kei Nishikori in the final.

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