Rafael Nadal is ready for his debut at the ATP Finals this Sunday against Taylor Fritz. The Spanish tennis player will hunt for his first triumph in this tournament that closes the ATP season. The 36-year-old from Manacor during the first press conference in Turin showed considerable optimism about the possibility of being able to go all the way.
One of the first questions they asked him was if he expected to still be so competitive at the highest level in 2022 and if he could play up to 40 years. Nadal explained: "Every year that I continue to compete is a gift for me.
Until I had stomach problems I was playing well, as evidenced by the fact that I was ahead of a set and a break against Paul. I'm not kidding: if I hadn't thought I had the chance to do something important here, I wouldn't have come to the tournament.
Although I have played little in recent months, I think I can have my chance, despite the accumulation of negative things that have happened after Wimbledon." The Iberian also explained the changes he had to make on his serve: "I had to change my usual serve again and this does not give the necessary guarantees to compete at the highest level.
I would like to have more continuity next year, this is crucial for me."
Nadal and that goal called ATP Finals
Then came the fateful question about the Finals, a tournament that the Majorcan has never managed to win in his career: "I didn't manage to be good enough in this tournament and in these circumstances, but I believe that in recent years I have improved my game indoor conditions I prefer to return from an injury or from a period without competing in a Grand Slam, because you have more affordable matches, while here you face the best of the world from the beginning and there is no margin.
Winning a game can radically change everything, regardless of how little pace I have. I think I am well prepared; logically, it is better to arrive with victories and confidence because I will face the best."