20 times Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal has not yet included his name on the ATP Finals winner’s list, while he handed in a tough draw this year. Spaniard will face the US Open champion, Dominic Thiem, defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas and best performer of year Andrey Rublev in the group stage matches.
Rafa will open his draw with one of the most formidable opponents of this year Andrey Rublev. The 23-years-old Russian won five of his seven ATP titles this season. While Rublev is ranked first time in the top ten players list, he is a debutant at the O2 arena.
However, World number two Rafael Nadal did not have good records at the indoors, but he believes the recent matches at Rolex Paris Masters would help him.
Speaking ahead of the challenging games at O2 arena event, Rafael Nadal said, “I don’t know how close I was to perfect preparation. The four matches in Bercy should help, and I have two more days to prepare for a tough opening match against Rublev.” Moreover, Rafael Nadal leads Andrey Rublev in their head-to-head record 1-0.
“It Is Not Fair To Finish The Finals Without The Crowd”: Rafael Nadal
Due to pandemic, this year’s ATP finals event will take place without the spectators from 15th November to 22nd November. Even though the ATP finals 50th anniversary will celebrate in London current year, It will hold in Turin next year onwards.
Talking about the top eight players tournament at the British capital, Nadal expressed, “The experience to play the finals in London has been one of the best. It was one of the best events. The ATP did a great job of choosing London. It is not fair to finish the finals without the crowd. But an event like this needs to move around the world.”