Rafael Nadal: 'It could be my last time, you never know at my age'



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Rafael Nadal: 'It could be my last time, you never know at my age'

Rafael Nadal has won 59 notable ATP titles, including 22 Majors and 36 Masters 1000 trophies. Still, the Spaniard has never claimed the ATP Finals crown, despite qualifying for the premium ATP event in every season but one since 2005.

With a roof above his head, a hard surface and not enough strength, Rafa has won 20 out of 36 matches at the ATP Finals, losing title matches to Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in 2010 and 2013. Nadal was the semi-finalist in London two years ago, missing a massive chance to reach the title clash following a tight semi-final loss to Daniil Medvedev.

Rafa will give his best to play at his best in Turin in a couple of weeks and seek the title he is missing, although his chances are low! The Spaniard has played only six matches after withdrawing from Wimbledon due to an abdominal injury.

Nadal left London ahead of the semi-final clash with Nick Kyrgios, revealing a seven-millimeter tear and playing one match ahead of the US Open. Rafa scored three wins in New York before losing to Frances Tiafoe, struggling with the pain and missing all the action until the Paris Masters.

In his first singles match in almost two months, Nadal experienced a 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 loss in the second round to Tommy Paul, squandering an initial advantage and losing all the energy after the second set.

Rafael Nadal wants to compete at the ATP Finals in Turin.

Paul pulled the break back to get to the positive side and claimed the breaker 7-4.

The American was the only player on the court in the final set, breaking Nadal's serve three times for a career-best victory. Nadal was miles away from his A-game, but he wants to test his game in Turin in a couple of weeks, having nothing to lose after a great season that saw him taking two Major crowns.

"I need days on the Tour after not spending enough time on the court for the last five months. It's about more than just playing matches but practicing with guys, missing that too. If everything goes well and I feel fine, I will travel to Turin a bit earlier than usual and embrace practice sessions.

I want to enjoy another ATP Finals. You never know when it will be my last experience at that event, especially at my age. I will have a good time in Turin and will fight to reach it again in 2023," Rafael Nadal said.