Things are finally on the upswing for Rafael Nadal. After a dismal season, the former No. 1 put together the best two weeks of tennis in quite a while, reaching the Beijing final and the Shanghai semifinals.
And he collected some good wins, beating Milos Raonic and Stan Wawrinka this week. So, as Nadal points, out, he’s getting better!
“In general, have been a very positive two tournaments, finals and semifinals, obviously in tournaments that are not easy for me,” Nadal said Saturday in Shanghai after falling to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in three. “Was able to win a lot of matches, but not only win matches, but playing at a very good level again.
“I think have been one of the most positive two tournaments in a row on hard court of the year without a doubt, especially for the feelings. The feelings are that I am getting better and better. Bad news that we go to indoors now the end of the year. At the same time I know how it works and I going to work hard to try to keep doing well, keep enjoying. I am enjoying on court.
Nadal said he was also pleased with not just how he was playing, but where. And it’s a positive signal for next year.
“I am really satisfied the way that I finished that two tournaments, and I think was a very good warmup for the beginning of next year. That’s the way. I was playing much inside the court than during the whole year with more control of everything. Playing like this, keep working like this, the only thing that can happen is be better and better. I going to continue that way.”
His results during this Asian swing also clinched him a berth in the ATP Finals. Nadal now heads to Basel to join Roger Federer next week.
“I believe there is no doubt that the confidence is higher now than a couple of months ago.”
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