Rafael Nadal has a formidable tennis resume, with 22 Grand Slam titles and a complete of 92 ATP titles. Nonetheless, one main trophy that’s lacking from his glittering cupboard is the ATP Finals crown. The Affiliation of Tennis Professionals (ATP) president Andrea Gaudenzi is hopeful that the Spaniard can win the tour finals this season and add one other feather to his cap.
The 22-time Grand Slam winner has missed the prospect to compete within the ATP Finals on seven events as a consequence of numerous damage woes. The veteran certified for the summit conflict within the 2010 and 2013 editions however couldn’t get the higher of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic respectively. Whereas he has certified for the ATP Finals this yr, he’s but to substantiate his participation.
Gaudenzi is hopeful that the 36-year-old will compete in Turin, the place the ATP finals will start on November 13.
“I do not know. I hope he’ll come. In my view, he’ll come as a result of he has by no means received the 2022 Nitto ATP Finals. He has received all the things else, however he nonetheless does not have an ATP Finals title. He has at all times complained about the truth that it’s performed on onerous courts and never on clay. He has a degree of cause, however it’s inevitable to contemplate the calendar,” Gaudenzi informed Ubitennis.
In the meantime, Nadal hasn’t performed a tour singles match since he was knocked out by America’s Frances Tiafoe within the fourth spherical of the US Open. He then partnered along with his nice pal Roger Federer for the latter’s farewell match on the Laver Cup.
The Mallorcan additionally not too long ago grew to become a father, which has forged a shadow of doubt on his participation in upcoming occasions as he would possibly need to spend extra time along with his spouse and new child son.
Apart from him, Novak Djokovic, World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Casper Ruud have additionally certified for the Nitto ATP Finals.
Rafael Nadal will need to finish yr as World No. 1
The starvation to maintain attaining by no means stops for Rafael Nadal. After already profitable two Grand Slam titles (the Australian Open and Roland Garros) this season, he shall be decided to finish the yr because the primary participant within the rankings.
The World No. 2 at present has 5810 score factors, whereas Carlos Alcaraz is ranked above him with 6740 factors. If the veteran can win the upcoming Paris Masters and the ATP Finals, he’ll leapfrog his compatriot for the numero uno place within the rankings. If this occurs, Nadal will finish the yr because the World No. 1 for the sixth time in his wonderful profession.
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