Rafael Nadal couldn’t hide his happiness after finally achieving his first victory since he became a father. On Thursday, Nadal defeated Casper Ruud 7-5 7-5 in their final group stage match at the ATP Finals. Previously, Nadal lost his first match at the Paris Masters and was also defeated in his first two group matches at the ATP Finals.
But on Thursday, Nadal got the job done against Ruud and made sure he wouldn’t end the ATP Finals winless. «I finally won a match like dad because I had three losses in a row,» Nadal said in Italian after his victory over Ruud.
Nadal ready to go home and enjoy some family time
Now, Nadal is coming home as he plans to spend some quality time with his family before starting his preparation for the 2023 season. «I will come home and try to enjoy a little bit the fact that I will be home for a while, family and work. .
Good job? For me it’s not work, it’s practice. Just practice, try to make the right plan so that you can stay healthy enough to be ready for the start of the next season. How early? I can’t tell you yet because, as you can imagine now, my life has changed a bit.
I don’t make unilateral decisions. I need to check a bit,» Nadal explained after the match. In the meantime, Nadal will not represent Spain in the Davis Cup Finals in Malaga. Furthermore, there is a possibility that Nadal will never play in the Davis Cup again.
«For the Davis Cup it was not an option this year, the captain knew that I could not put all my passion, confidence and spirit like in 2019. Roberto Bautista-Agut and Pablo Carreño Busta can beat everyone. We will see if Spain has a chance», Nadal said. Nadal is expected to return to action at the inaugural United Cup.