One glaring omission from Rafael Nadal’s stellar legendary resume is an ATP Finals title. The 34-year-old has only made the finals twice in nine previous appearances.
“We can find excuses or reasons but, at the end of the day, the numbers are the numbers,” said Nadal. “I think I played less indoors than on the other surfaces, without a doubt.
“The indoor surfaces have not been the ideal surfaces for my tennis game since the beginning of my career.
”I think I am able to play a little better in the past couple of years indoors than I did at the beginning of my tennis career, without a doubt, but the numbers. I can’t say something different. I hope to change that this week.”
Nadal has qualified into his 16th ATP Finals, and this year with the shortened season, he should come in fresher than ever. Though he did lose in the semifinals last week to Alexander Zverev in Paris.
“I don’t know how close I am to the perfect preparation,” said Nadal. “I tried to fight hard in every single match in Bercy. That put me in a position that I already played four matches on this surface and hopefully that can help me here, but there remains two days for me to practice here. I hope to be ready to accept the challenge to play against such difficult opponents like Rublev in the first.”
Nadal was the top seed at the event last year, failing to make it out of the round robin despite a 2-1 record. He made the finals in 2013 losing to Novak Djokovic and in 2010 falling to Roger Federer.
Nadal and his group will open play on tomorrow in London.
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