Rafael Nadal’s season ended with a straight set win against Casper Ruud at the ATP Finals in Turin. The Asturian’s victory was irrelevant, since he had already been expelled from the race to the semifinals. The former number 1 in the world had been defeated in two sets by both Taylor Fritz and Felix Auger-Aliassime, having to postpone for the umpteenth time the appointment with the first win in the Masters tournament.
After a simply formidable first part of the season, which gave him two Grand Slams (the Australian Open and Roland Garros), injuries once again hindered Rafa’s path. The 36-year-old man from Manacor could not play the Wimbledon semifinal against Nick Kyrgios due to an abdominal tear.
That setback also influenced her approach to the US Open, where she surrendered in the second round to a wild Frances Tiafoe. Speaking to Eurosport, Toni Nadal revealed why his nephew almost always struggled at the ATP Finals.
Uncle Toni reflects on Nadal
“It’s very difficult. When you get to a Grand Slam it’s not the same problem because you’ve had a few matches. If he can get through the first week, in the second week he can win the tournament.”
But here it’s not the same because in the first match you play against one of the best players in the world, and then it’s too difficult,” Uncle Toni said. “When Rafael Nadal came to the Australian Open, for example, he didn’t play too well. in the first game, the second not too well, in the third the same, then better and better”, he explained.
At the Australian Open, Novak Djokovic has built a stature for himself as iconic as Rafael Nadal at the French Open and Roger Federer at Wimbledon, believes tennis commentator and reporter Nick McCarvel. “In plain tennis terms, he owns that tournament,” said Nick McCarvel.
“You put him in the stature of Rafa at Roland Garros and Roger, maybe 10 years ago, the way he owned Wimbledon. 9-time champion, the surface, the conditions, he often plays at night when the ball moves a little bit”. slower and that helps him become a blue wall.
I was watching his interview with Prakash Amritraj on the Tennis Channel and was beaming at this decision because, in plain tennis terms, it means he can return to a place where he’s been so successful,” McCarvel added.