Once again the Rolex Paris Masters, ATP Masters 1000 in Paris-Bercy did not bring luck to Rafael Nadal, who missed a great chance to put one of the very few trophies absent in his showcase on the board. The absences of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem, without forgetting the premature elimination of Stefanos Tsitsipas, had fueled the hopes of the Spanish phenomenon, who reached the semifinals after struggling against both Feliciano Lopez and Pablo Carreno Busta.
The 34-years-old Mallorcan's race ended in front of an irresistible Alexander Zverev, deservedly victorious in two sets thanks to an impeccable performance. The number 2 in the world tried to build his opportunities, especially in the second half, but the German closed the practice with a score of 6-4 7-5, relaunching his candidacy in view of the Finals.
The Paris-Bercy tournament still allowed Nadal to join the select club of players who have won at least 1000 matches on the ATP tour. Another amazing achievement for a player who is still looking for other amazng goal, such the upcoming ATP Final.
Rafael Nadal: "This spirit will be useful for London"
“It wasn't a bad tournament, I spent several hours on the pitch and it was useful. Obviously my goal was to win, but it's never easy. I had the right attitude throughout the tournament, fighting in every single match.
I believe that this spirit will be useful to me for London ”- declared the number 2 of the ATP ranking. Interviewed for the tournament site in recent days, Nadal talked about being ambidextrous. He said: "I'm a bit strange in everything.
When I started golfing at 17-18, I naturally used my right hand. I always eat and play basketball with my right hand, while in tennis and soccer I use my left hand and leg. When I was a kid I practically played two backhands and had to change hands every time.
I have rarely tried to play with the right, but I don't think I can do it," he declared. Rafa will now fly to London for the ATP Finals, another tournament he hopes to add to his record and has never won in his career.
We have to remember that this will be the last edition of the ATP Finals at the O2 Arena, in London. From 2021 to 2025, the last ATP event of the year will be set in Italy, in the city of Turin.