Rafael Nadal return confirmed by coach, will play Paris and Turin
Rafael Nadal will return to play the Paris Masters and ATP Finals according to his coach Carlos Moya.
The 22-time Slam champion has only played Laver Cup doubles since exiting in the fourth round of the US Open in early September. While doubt surrounded Nadal as to whether he would continue in 2022, Moya suggested his compatriot has been training well for a comeback.
“Before arriving in Turin, you have to play matches in Paris, which are similar,” Moya told Balearic television station IB3.
Paris is one of two Masters 1000 events that Nadla is yet to win in his career, the other being Miami. He has not won Shanghai, but did win its predecessor on hard courts in Madrid in 2005.
“He has not been able to win it, but he has achieved good results and has come close to doing so on several occasions,” Moya explained. “We always have hope and illusion, because Rafael is competitive anywhere.”
Rafael Nadal reached the Paris Masters final in 2007, losing to David Nalbandian then. He has since reached the semi-finals on four occasions in 2009, 2013, 2019 and 2020. More notably, the ATP Finals is the only category of ‘big title’ that Nadal is yet to capture. He reached the final in 2010 and 2013, losing to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic respectively.
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