The number 2 in the world, Rafael Nadal, has jumped onto the practice court of the ATP Finals in Turin. The 22-time Major winner skipped the inaugural edition of the premium ATP event in northern Italy last year due to injury, hoping for a h*t run next week.
Rafa is eager to get the biggest title he lacks, chasing the number 1 of the year against Carlos Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Suffering from an abdominal injury, the Spaniard has only played six matches since he withdrew before the Wimbledon semi-final.
He arrived in Turin early and wants to fight for the title and close a great season on a high note. Nadal will play in the ATP Finals for the eleventh time, with a mediocre record of 20-16 and without ever finding the winning formula.
The Spaniard has skipped many ATP Finals events due to injuries, and his best runs came in 2010 and 2013, when he lost the finals to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. In addition, he was a semi-finalist four times, including his last visit to London in 2020, when he had a huge chance to beat Daniil Medvedev and advance to the title clash.
The Spaniard conquered the Australian Open and Roland Garros for a perfect start to 2022 and reached the Wimbledon semi-final. Instead of chasing a third consecutive Major crown, Nadal withdrew before the clash with Nick Kyrgios due to a seven-millimeter abdominal tear.
He lost his rhythm and form around the same time he became a father in October. Nadal skipped Toronto and lost in the second round at Cincinnati. He won three matches at the US Open, but pain prevented him from serving and performing at his best.
Rafa is currently in Turin
Currently in Turin for the year-end 2022 ATP Finals, which start on November 13, Rafael Nadal spoke to Brazilian media outlet ge. “I’m happy playing tennis. I still keep the love for the sport, the passion.
If my body allows it, I will continue to enjoy my day-to-day career as a professional tennis player. When that’s no longer possible, it’s time to think about other things. For now, I still feel satisfaction and passion for tennis,” he said.
“Each title is different, each moment you enjoy in a particular way,” he added. “This year, I experienced exciting moments in winning the Australian Open and at Roland Garros. It was a very good year, but difficult at the same time, as I had physical problems.
But, if I put all this into context, it was an unforgettable year. I reached 22 Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros, an unforgettable moment for me, due to all the issues surrounding the tournament.”