Twenty major champion Rafael Nadal led the field at the last Masters 1000 event in Paris last year. Following the 13th crown at the French Open, Nadal was uncertain about the competition between the Paris Masters and the ATP Finals.
Still, there is no world. 2 decided to attend the Masters 1000 event in the French capital in search of one of the rare and notable titles lacking in his extensive collection. Rafa made his debut in Paris in 2007 and reached the final round, but only won four games against David Nalbandian to win the runner-up prize.
Nadal, who had been injured in the months following the US Open, had never been popular on indoor hardcourts and made three more semi-finals in Paris, but again competed for the title. There wasn’t. In 2019, Rafa went on to the final four after defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and withdrew due to an abdominal injury prior to Denis Shapovalov’s clash, but still scored valuable points at the end of the year. increase.
One battle with Novak Djokovic. After a proper and natural rest, Rafa won consecutive crowns in the French capital last November, following the success of the historic Roland Garros, with defending champion Novak Djokovic skipping Paris. I stood as a top seed when I decided.
Nadal played in five tournaments in 2020, before Paris, and won two ATP crowns at Acapulco and Roland Garros. Nadal spent six months at home, left the tennis courts in March and April, began practicing in May, and did not like the situation in New York ahead of the Cincinnati and US Open.
Rafael Nadal was the top seed of the Rolex Masters in Paris last year.
The Spaniards skipped both events, maintaining 2000 points in the 2019 US Open title and looking to Rome and Roland Garros. Rafa was unable to lift another trophy at Foroi Tarico and was defeated by Diego Schwartzman in the quarter, entering an unknown territory of Paris, dealing with cold and rainy weather and the roof above Philippe-Chatrie.
Standing on top of all obstacles and rivals, Nadal claimed the crown of the 13th Roland Garros, never lost the set and joined Roger Federer with 20 major trophies. In search of the 36th Masters 1000 Crown, Rafa reached the semi-finals of Paris before losing to Alexander Zverev on the straight set.
After dealing with a leg injury, the Spaniards had to skip this year’s edition of the last Masters 1000 event of the season. “I’m here to do my best not to get injured. When I go to tournaments, I concentrate on playing my best tennis.
Don’t worry if I’ve been injured in the past, it can happen again. We are certainly in a different situation than the previous year. Still, you need to be aware of the situation and be prepared to accept the inconvenience. If nothing happens in Paris, I’ll be in the ATP Finals.
It’s part of the history of our game. This is an important event and is the best gathering of players of the season. I like playing tennis, so I like to play more than one tournament every 6 or 7 months. So it’s not new to play well without playing tennis after a while. I did it in the past. It confirms that I can do it, “Rafael Nadal said.
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“I came here to play the best tennis, but I didn’t think about it.”
https://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Rafael_Nadal/105807/rafael-nadal-recalls-i-came-here-to-play-my-best-tennis-and-not-think-about-/ “I came here to play the best tennis, but I didn’t think about it.”