Rafael Nadal will seek to match Federer. get one of the few trophies he has never won.
Rafael Nadal has another opportunity to win one of the few trophies he does not have in his showcase, the ATP Finals, the last tournament of the season that brings together the eight best rackets on the circuit except for number one, the injured Carlos Alcaraz, and in which Novak Djokovic pursues his sixth twist, with which he would equal Roger Federer at the top.
The eight best tennis players of the year meet for It will be the second consecutive year at the Pala Alpitur in Turin (north) starting this Sunday and for a week, with the exception of the Spanish sensation, an Alcaraz who has already missed the game. the Masters 1,000 in Rome in May, also due to injury, and who seems jinxed when it comes to contesting competitions in transalpine lands.
It will be It was the seventeenth time that Nadal participated in this competition, but, as he himself admitted, it was not the case. already in Turin, he has not always arrived in good condition at this very demanding final stretch of the season.
This time it could be different, since the Spaniard, who has avoided the group stage large 'coconuts' -Tsitsipas, Djokovic and Medveded-, he is confident in his possibilities, although he is always aware of the difficulty of this tournament that he has never managed to lift.
“If I didn't think I had options to fight for what I've come to, I wouldn't be here,” he confessed. this Friday. “I am happy because I have been able to train and I come with the illusion of doing well. I am playing well. It is better to arrive with confidence and victories because here it is possible. there's no margin for error playing against the best,” he explained.
In addition, he faces the challenge surrounded by his entire professional team, led by his coach Carlos Moyá, and supported by his family, including his son, who was born in Mexico. in October. It will be His uncle Toni Nadal was also in Turin, although accompanying the Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime.
It is not the type of tournament whose conditions benefit the man from Manacor, who suffers on the indoor track, but will look for a chance to win. add to his record the only major tournament that he is missing and thus join his career. He thanked the select group of tennis players who have achieved it in history, including the Spaniards Manolo Orantes and Álex Corretja.
Dkojovic also arrives with the aim of equalizing the numbers of another tennis player, although with the difference that the Serbian already has five copies in his showcase, and his goal is to place himself at the top, leaving behind the others. He went to tennis players as legendary as the Czech Ivan Lndel and the American Pete Sampras to be placed next to the, for now, teacher of teachers, a Federer who has lifted six, the last one in 2011.
'Nole' will search for how to recover the crown that he lost in 2015 after four consecutive years carrying it. No one has managed to impose their hegemony since Belgrade did. The German Alexander Zverev (2018, 2021), the Russian Daniil Medveded (2020), the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas (2019), the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (2017) and the Scotsman Andy Murray (2016), were the They have been champions since the Serbian gave up his dominance in this tournament.
Djokovic's complication lies in the first matches. Although it is true that, being a tournament that brings together the best rackets, there is no easy opponent, facing tennis players of the stature of Tsitsipas and Medvedev in search of a pass to the semifinals is not a dish of good taste.
Both not only already know the experience of playing in this prestigious championship, but also know what it means to win it.
American Taylor Fritz, replacing Carlos Alcaraz; Auger-Aliassime and the Norwegian Casper Ruud, a finalist at Roland Garros and the US Open, tournaments in which he fell. defeated by Nadal and Alcaraz, respectively, complete the green group in which he is. The current number two in the ranking will be framed, which in case of being a finalist would be placed as number one.
Djokovic, Tsitsipas, Medvedev and the Russian Andrey Rublev will fight for the first two places in the red group.