20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal has said that he is "completely against" making the Majors best-of-three tournaments. When asked about the matter at the Nitto ATP Finals, Nadal provided a lengthy explanation why it should remain as it is right now.
"Well, I don't think so, no? I think it is true that we changed that around 2007, if I'm not wrong, that in the Masters 1000s we changed that used to be in the finals best-of-five and we changed it to best-of-three for an easier reason," Nadal said, per Prise Marteau.
"That's for example like happened to me in Rome, twice in a row, that I played 5 hours and 10 minutes against Coria in 2005 and against Roger in 2006 I was not able to go to Hamburg next week, no? "So when we have back-to-back weeks with Masters 1000, I think it makes sense to change best-of-three, not best-of-five.
That's the main reason why we change, no? "But, yeah, I am completely against changing that in the Grand Slams, no? We have a day off. I think best-of-five makes makes a difference on these tournaments, on the Slams, and at the same time is a part of the history of our sport, no? "So, I mean, winning a Grand Slam, playing best-of-three demand to the player something else, no? Stronger mentally, stronger physically, be solid for such a long time and for such a long two weeks.
"So I really believe that's the right thing to do."
Nadal 1-1 at the Nitto ATP Finals
After starting his Nitto ATP Finals campaign with a straight-set win over Andrey Rublev, Nadal suffered a tight loss in his second match at the tournament as Austrian Dominic Thiem edged out the Spaniard 7-6 (7) 7-6 (4) on Tuesday afternoon.
"It was a great match of tennis. It was decided by small details. He played an amazing match and I played well too. My feeling is not negative," Nadal said, per Nikolaus Fink. Nadal blew a 5-2 first-set tie-break lead and also two set points.
"He created damage on me with his general game and I created damage on his as well. He wasn't the better player and I wasn't the better player. He deserves the victory because he played the big points very well," Nadal claimed. Nadal takes on reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in his final Round Robin match.