Rafael Nadal is on the brink of returning to the No. 1 ranking but the Spaniard, as is the norm, isn’t interested in such statistical marks. He just wants to play well.
If current No. 1 Novak Djokovic fails to defend his Beijing title or if Nadal reaches the final, Rafa will return to the top ranking.
“I don’t know what is exactly the result that I need to do to become No. 1, but the only way I can do it is playing my best,” Nadal told the Beijing media over the weekend. “I am going to think day by day, as I do always. I will see if I have that chance. I know that my opponent is unbelievable. He’s able to not lose many matches during the whole season. Will be very tough to become No. 1.
“But if I am still playing the same way that I did the last couple of months, I hope to have my chance here or in the next few weeks.But it’s something that not worries me today. Only thing that I am focus on is try to keep playing well.”
Nadal brings a 26-match hardcourt winning streak into his first round match against Santiago Giraldo. A streak, Nadal says, is not normal.
“Normal thing is not, because normal thing is not win every match of your season on a surface like this one that the matches are close, the opponents are very good,” Nadal said. “So normal thing is not maintain the level that I play at in North America in the three tournaments.”
Rafa, who’s won his last four hardcourt tournaments (US Open, Cincinnati, Canada and Indian Wells), is playing in Beijing for the first time since 2009. Nadal also won the Olympic gold their in 2008.
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