Rafael Nadal eliminated from the Paris Rolex Masters 2022, last ATP Masters 1000 of the season, by Tommy Paul. On the eve of the Finals in Turin and on his return after the US Open, in Paris where at most he reached a final in 2007, the Spaniard loses to Tommy Paul.
Realistically, he completely pulls the plug in the third set. Rafa explained: "I think there is credit to him, first of all. He played very aggressively and won a lot of points with that tactical plan. After the break in the second set I, on the other hand, played a bad game, these things happen.
On this surface it is difficult to think of winning if you serve in a certain way or if you don't do things in the right way ”he explained with the usual extraordinary clarity. In short, a troubled period for Nadal.
On and off the court." Undoubtedly, a lot has happened in the last few months. But we are always ready to make excuses when in the end the reality is always the same. If you play well, you win. If you play badly, you lose.
In some parts of the match I think I played well, but in the most important moments I didn't do the right things." In any case, despite the defeat and the worrying third set, the Spanish phenomenon did not question the presence of Turin: "If nothing different happens, I don't see why I shouldn't play.
While obviously not the perfect months for me from a tennis point of view, I still want to play. After such a year I have nothing to lose. I need to play games and stay or train with the other guys after the last five months I've spent.
I'm not just talking about competing, I'm talking about spending time with them on the circuit and getting used to certain dynamics. I will try to be there in Turin a little earlier than usual because obviously I need to train.
I want to give myself the opportunity to enjoy the last appointment of the season because at my age you never know when the last one will be. I will fight to return again in the next few years." The other side of the coin? Nadal is obviously not among the favorites and sees the possibility of winning a tournament in which he has collected a total of two finals in total, the most recent nine years ago, very difficult: "Right now it's hard to imagine him getting there in enough shape to think about winning a tournament I've never won in my entire career.
To play your best against the best players in the world you need rhythm and consistency, elements that are not currently in my tennis. The only thing I can do right now is to train well with the boys and give my best on the court, hoping that my body and my tennis respond."