As the tour shifts to it’s final few weeks, Rafael Nadal is hoping for a strong finish. After a tough first half of the year, indoors is not Nadal’s surface of choice, but the former No. 1 is confident he’s finally making strides in his game on the eve of Basel.
“My main goal is to try and work hard and finish this year with a lot of energy and a better level than I’ve shown this year,” said Nadal. “For sure, every victory and every practice helps. I’m healthy and that’s allowing me to practise quite a lot.
“Mentally I’m feeling great, with the motivation to keep going. The process during this year has been better. I’m working hard to be better tomorrow than today. That’s the way that I’m working. We can’t compare years and we can’t compare levels. I believe I’m going in the right way.”
Nadal added that he’s using the next month as prep for next season.
“I start preparing for next season today,” Nadal said. “There will be no rest this year. I have no time. After the [World Tour Finals I will try to have a few days off, but that’s it.”
Nadal made the final in Beijing (l. to Djokovic) and followed with a semifinal at ATP Masters 1000 Shanghai (l. to Tsonga).
Nadal has won two career indoor ATP World Tour titles, at 2005 ATP Masters 1000 Madrid and 2013 Sao Paulo (on clay).
He’ll play Lukas Rosol later today.
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