‘I say I will never follow…’

The first player to qualify for the ATP Finals semifinals was Casper Ruud. He decisive after the victory in the premiere against Felix Auger Aliassime, the in extremis against Taylor Fritz. The Norwegian, who was already in the top four last season, will face Rafael Nadal this Thursday in a “no exit” match.

During the usual press conference, he obviously went through all the details of the challenge against the American and his ambitions. Even on a surface that a year ago some unwisely thought he was not suited to his tennis. “I didn’t think he was already in this position.

I am happy and proud of what I have done. I am especially happy because I have beaten two strong players on a surface like this, indoors.” That was the haul for Ruud, who served in an extraordinary way and only dropped serve once.

“I think it was one of my best performances in that sense. The playing conditions helped me, of course, above all to get more free points with my serve, but of course that goes for everything. Especially for my rivals”, he explained .

In a precarious state and obviously already out of contention for the Turin semifinals. “Obviously, you can never feel comfortable before a match against Rafa. Of course, he suffered two bad defeats, the conditions will be completely different from Roland Garros.

It is played on a fast court, the best of five sets is not played, we are specifically. Many different things.”

Rafa didn’t seem too concerned about that.

Rafael Nadal sank to a second straight loss at the 2022 ATP Finals.

“You probably only heard part of the answer. Of course, to finish the season as world No. 1, that’s a great achievement. It would be an incredible achievement at this stage of my career,” Nadal said. “But on the other hand, I say that I will never follow that goal again.

That happens, because the situation leads me to that position, fantastic. But my body, my age, my personal situation no longer allow me to follow that goal, right? Winning two Slams wasn’t enough,” he said. “Of course, it wasn’t enough because I couldn’t play.

I don’t know how many tournaments I played, 10, 11, maybe 12. I finished maybe nine, 10, in good condition.” The 22-time Grand Slam champion congratulated Alcaraz on his inevitable No. 1 finish after that.

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