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‘My personal situation does not allow me…’

The group stage of the Nitto ATP Finals is drawing to a close and the practice for two groups is drawing to a close. On the fifth day, the green group of singles and the red group of doubles will play the last match of this first round in Turin, with some verdicts already decided: among them, the classification of Casper Ruud and the elimination of Rafael Nadal.

In doubles, however, the stage still looks wide open. The first challenge is between the doubles players. At 11:30 am, the Glasspool-Heliovaara couple will face Granollers-Zeballos: the former prevailed in the first round, while the latter were defeated on the first day.

A first verdict on the doubles tournament could already come out of this confrontation. The first singles match, which will be played not before 2:00 p.m., on the other hand, does not say anything about the classification: Ruud against Nadal will only have to say who will be the leader of the green group, since the defeat of the Norwegian could give it all for lost

For the world number four there is also the possibility of “avenging” the final lost at the French Open. The other piece that completes the doubles puzzle is the one that will pit the Arévalo-Rojer couple against the second seed, Ram-Salisbury.

Not before 6:30 p.m., the seconds will seek to remain undefeated in the tournament that takes place in Turin; The former, on the other hand, will seek victory to continue aspiring to qualify for the semifinals.

Nadal will not give up

Rafael Nadal sank to a second straight loss at the 2022 ATP Finals, falling to Felix Auger-Aliassime 3-6, 4-6 in straight sets.

“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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