Once his second defeat in Turin was completed, Rafael Nadal lost the mathematical chances of ending the year as number one in the world. The Spanish tennis player needed a couple of good performances at the Paris-Bercy Masters 1000 and at the ATP Finals, which did not show up.
Far from regretting the opportunity that he missed, Nadal reiterated, once again, that this is no longer one of the great objectives that he has at this point in his career. "It is clear that finishing the year as number one is an incredible achievement.
It would be a brutal feat at this point in my career. At the same time, I already said that I would never pursue that goal again. If it happens because the situation leads me to be there, fantastic; however, my body, my age and my personal situation no longer allow me to follow that goal logically.
Winning two Grand Slams was not enough, it was not enough because I have not been able to play”, valued the Roland Garros champion. “I don't know how many tournaments I've played, 10, 11, maybe 12. I finished 9 or 10 in good condition.
It is difficult to compare yourself and fight against the youngest, who are very good and at the same time are capable of playing all the tournaments they want, they are in the situation that I was in 15 years ago. I am happy for Carlos (Alcaraz), it is a great success for him and great news for our sport in Spain.
He deserves it after a great year", added the Mallorcan. Nadal had the opportunity to recover the ATP throne in case of obtaining the title in Turin, a situation that already looked complex since the preparation he had for a tournament that was he has denied throughout his career.
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Rafa is in trouble
Rafael Nadal's coach Carlos Moya believes that despite the injury struggles in recent months, his charge will be ready for the 2023 season and will be a contender at big events.
"He is willing to still keep evolving and being competitive, so as long as that happens and his body holds up well he will be ready," Moya said. "He will be ready for next year, he is motivated, he has proved he can still play well and be a contender to win big tournaments.
He’s won two Slams, when you win two Slams in a year it’s always a good year, no matter what happens after that. He has been a bit unlucky with injuries, two bad injuries during the year, but he’s a great competitor and fighter, and we don’t give up and we still believe there is a chance to play well here," he stated.