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“Rafael Nadal is the favorite for the ATP Finals,” said journalist

In the latest edition of the Court-Side with Beilinson Tennis podcast, well-known journalist Steve Flink analyzed Rafael Nadal’s chances at the ATP Finals in Turin.

In the latest edition of the Court-Side with Beilinson Tennis podcast, well-known journalist Steve Flink analyzed Rafael Nadal‘s chances at the ATP Finals in Turin. He told: “Rafael Nadal has repeatedly stressed the need to play more games.

He arrived early in Italy to play many training sets, but it’s not like playing real matches. Training sets help you, but competition is an another thing. It’s a shame that Rafa wasn’t able to go a little further in Paris-Bercy, it would have been very useful for him in view of the ATP Finals.

There are the best players of the season in Turin and no one will give discounts in an event so important. It will not be easy for Nadal, who has never felt comfortable indoors. He could very well prove me wrong, it would not be the first time.

Rafa will give his all as usual and it will not be easy to beat him, but the conditions are not certain ideal for his game. In Turin the surface is pretty fast.”

Rafael Nadal at the ATP Finals

Rafael Nadal has played very little in this second half of the season, thanks to his abdominal injury and the birth of his first child.

However, the Spanish phenomenon took enormous satisfaction in 2022, having won the Australian Open and Roland Garros despite the persistent pain in his foot. The former world number 1 also tried to win his third Wimbledon title, but a tear in his abs prevented him from playing the semi-final against Nick Kyrgios.

The 36-year-old from Manacor was not at his best even at the US Open, where he was knocked out in the round of 16 by host Frances Tiafoe. After taking a long hiatus, Rafa returned to action at Paris-Bercy last week. His run in the last 1000 of the season ended already in the second round against Tommy Paul.

The 22-time Grand Slam champion hopes to shine at the ATP Finals in Turin, one of the very few tournaments he hasn’t won yet. The Iberian was included in the Green Group together with Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Taylor Fritz.

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