Former world No. 1 Andy Murray thinks Rafael Nadal would have around six or seven Nitto ATP Finals titles if the event was played on clay instead of indoor-hard surface. Nadal, a record 13-time French Open champion and 20-time Grand Slam champion, has surprisingly never won it all at the prestigious season-ending event.
"It’s just not his best surface and it’s possible that if it was played on clay for the last 10-12 years, then maybe he would have won it six or seven times. So, as for sure that the surface has been a contributing factor," Murray said, per Essentially Sports.
"It all comes down to preference and game styles and matchups and there’s lots of reasons. Rafa would have been highly motivated and really wanting to win this event. But, just a difficult surface for him against the top players”.
Nadal lost in the semifinal to Daniil Medvedev
Nadal missed out on a great chance to reach the final at the Nitto ATP Finals last week as he failed to serve out for the match in the semifinal against Medvedev. Medvedev recovered from a set and a break down against Nadal, before beating Dominic Thiem in the final.
"No. I don't think that way, no," Nadal said after the match, when asked if Medvedev won because he lacked energy toward the end of the match. "I think at the beginning of the match he was better than me. I was able to save my serves with troubles, but then I played well to have the break and then to close the set, no? "In the second a little bit the same story at the beginning, but at the end of the set I was playing a little bit better than him, and then in the 5-4 I think he played a good game and I didn't.
I played a bad game. That's it, no? But I had a big opportunity. I lost a big opportunity. "Well done to him. He's playing great. I wish him all the best." When asked if always staging the ATP Finals on hard was unfair, Nadal replied: "Now is not the moment to talk about that.
I am a player to accept what the surface it is. I have my personal opinion, but is not the moment. "I just lost semifinal. I had my chances. I was close to play another final here. I was not enough good in the moment to close the match. That's it. Other stuff doesn't matter (smiling)."