This part of the season is undoubtedly the least suitable for Rafael Nadal’s characteristics. The Spanish phenom will attempt to win the ATP Finals for the first time in his career, but it won’t be easy given the speed of the Turin surface.
The former world number 1 will debut on Sunday night against Taylor Fritz, in the repeat of the Indian Wells final and the Wimbledon quarterfinals. Despite the difficulties of recent months, 2022 continued to be an exceptional year for the Iberians.
In fact, the 36-year-old man from Manaco has won the Australian Open and Roland Garros, proving for the umpteenth time that he is a living legend. Rafa was also on the hunt for his third Wimbledon title, but a torn abdominal prevented him from playing the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios.
That injury also affected his preparation for the US Open, where he was eliminated in the round of 16 by a wild Frances Tiafoe. After taking a long break, the Spaniard returned to action at Paris-Bercy, but he did not make it past the second round (defeated in three sets by Tommy Paul).
Rafa Nadal is a true legend
As he passed through a press conference this Friday on the occasion of media day two days before his entry into the race at the Turin Masters, Rafael Nadal recounted his defeat against Tommy Paul, in the second round of the Masters 1000 Betting last week (6−3, 6−7(4), 1−6).
And the Spaniard revealed in particular that he had vomited at the end of the final round due to a stomach problem. “The truth is that he hadn’t competed for a long time and he had a little stomach problem, nothing more.
I started throwing up at the end of the third set, I had a stomachache, nothing more. That’s why I didn’t say anything either. There was no room for that and I’m fine. A bad day and then return to training «Speaking to the media, Nadal emphasized that he gives his best in every tournament, regardless of his record in the event.
«I do my best in every event. That’s true. It doesn’t matter if I won it [in the past] Or not. When I participate in a tennis tournament, I want to win and I will do my best to achieve that goal. Here I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t good enough to do it in the past.
So I accept that and I’m happy to give myself another chance at the age of 36, something that was hard for me to imagine years ago.»