Vienna Tournament Director Herwig Straka has revealed that the tournament is "doing everything" to get world No. 2 Rafael Nadal signed up for this year's event. Nadal, who claimed his 13th French Open title this past Sunday, has never played on the indoor hard courts of Vienna.
Nadal skipped the Cincinnati Masters and US Open as he opted to kick off his season restart at the Rome Masters and then play the French Open. Nadal demolished world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the French Open final 6-0 6-2 7-5 on Sunday.
"We are trying everything to get Rafael Nadal to come and play the @ErsteBankOpen. He's still to decide on his schedule and whether he wants to gain more points for the #1 spot," Straka said, per Lukas Zahrer.
Nadal achieves a milestone
Nadal, 34, won a record 13th French Open title and equaled Roger Federer on the all-time Grand Slam record list with 20 Majors captured. "I never hide that for me, I always say the same, that I would love to finish my career being the player with more Grand Slams.
No doubt about that, no? But in the other hand I say, okay, I have to do my way," Nadal said in his press conference after beating Djokovic, per Max Gao. "I’m not going to be thinking all the time Novak have this one, Roger is winning the other one.
You can’t be always unhappy because your neighbour have a bigger house than you or a bigger boat or have a better phone. You have to live your personal life, no?” "Personally that’s the things that I did during all my career, just try to follow my road, try my best every single day.
In terms of these records, of course that I care. I am a big fan of the history of sport in general. I respect a lot that”. Nadal and Federer have had arguably the greatest rivalry in the history of the game. The respect between the two has always been sky high and Nadal showed his respect for Federer after achieving the milestone.
"For me means a lot to share this number with Roger, no? But let’s see what's going on when we finish our careers. We keep playing. I don’t know what can happen in the future. I am just excited & of course is something that means a lot to me," Nadal said.