Rafael Nadal admits he hasn't played much in recent time but remains hopeful that he will be able to be competitive and at least give himself a chance to win the ATP Finals. Nadal, 36, has appeared in just one tournament since the US Open, losing in his Paris Masters opener to Tommy Paul.
Now, Nadal is in Turin, where he is hoping to cap off his great 2022 season with a maiden ATP Finals title. "I like to spend days on the Tour, first of all, and then of course the last couple of months I was not able to spend a lot of time on the Tour.
I'm happy to be here, happy to be playing the last tournament of the year, sharing with the other Top 7. I need practices, I need improvements, but I'm happy. I'm here to try my best and to try to achieve my goals. Of course it's going to be a challenge, but I hope I will be ready to give myself a chance.
That's what I am looking for, just practising as good as possible with the right attitude and just trying to be ready for the action that's going to start on Sunday," Nadal told ATP Media.
Nadal just wants to give himself a chance
Nadal is set to make his 11th appearance at the prestigious season-ending tournament.
Stunningly, Nadal has never won the ATP Finals. "I try my best in every single event. That's true. Doesn't matter if I won it [in the past] or not. When I enter a tennis tournament, I want to win and I'm going to try my best to achieve that goal.
Here I was not able to make it, I was not good enough to make it in the past. So I just accept that and I'm happy to give myself another chance at the age of 36 — something, for me, that was difficult to imagine years ago," Nadal added.
Nadal kicks off his ATP Finals campaign by playing Taylor Fritz. Nadal will also play Felix Auger-Aliassime and Casper Ruud in the group stage.