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Rafael Nadal 2020 ATP Finals

‘This year it’s different,’ says Rafael Nadal as he chases maiden ATP Finals crown

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Rafael Nadal says he is feeling fresher than ever at the ATP Finals after he secured his spot in the semi-finals.

Nadal lost his second match in his group – to Dominic Thiem – meaning he had to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in order to avoid elimination at the round robin stage for the second successive year.

And, despite a blip in the second set that saw him broken in his final service game, he says he felt pretty comfortable throughout – and that gives him encouragement moving forward.

“[To] be in the semi-finals here, in the last tournament of the year, is an important thing,” Nadal said in his on-court interview.

“[I am] happy for that and I am looking forward to the semi-finals against Daniil [Medvedev].

“I still won two matches like last year. Last year, I was a little bit unlucky not to be in the semi-finals. The year before I had to pull out.

“It is always difficult to play here against the best players in the world every single day [at the] end of the season.”

It has been a real stop-start year for Nadal, who has played just two of the three Grand Slams, but he thinks that may ultimately help him as he chases a first ever ATP Finals title.

“Most of the time, you get here a little bit tired, but this year is a little bit different,” he said.

“I think I played quite well for such a long time. That game at 5-4 in the second [set] affected [the match] a little bit. I lost the second [set] and then I was able to have the break in third [set] earlier, but then he broke me back.

“I thought I was winning my serves quite comfortably until that moment. After that, everything changed a little bit.

“I think I started to serve a little bit worse but, in general terms, it [was] a very positive match for me.”


Rafael Nadal 2020 ATP Finals
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