Rafael Nadal: ‘Winning two slams was not enough’

The Green Group qualification scenarios have become crystal clear at the Nitto ATP Finals. With Casper Ruud already in the Turin semi-finals, there is one more place available for either Felix Auger-Aliassime or Taylor Fritz, and the two tournament debutants will square off this Thursday on Day 5.

The winner will advance to the round robin. Ruud will be looking to improve to 3-0 in the round-robin phase when he takes on Rafael Nadal, who has already been knocked out of contention for a semi-final place, though the Spaniard still has a generous portion of prize money in his hands.

game, as well as valuable points towards the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. In the doubles competition, 2021 finalists Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury look to complete their own 3-0 run against semi-final hopefuls Marcelo Arévalo and Jean-Julien Rojer, while Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos look for their first win of the week against Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara.

Neither Nadal nor Ruud played many games after the US Open, but for very different reasons. As Nadal healed from his injuries and welcomed the birth of his first child, playing only one ATP Tour event before Turin, Ruud competed in four ATP Tour events but fell to a 2-4 record.

The Norwegian played more matches in his final runs at both Roland Garros and the US Open, and matched those six starts in his final campaign in Miami as well. His stories in Turin have also contrasted, with Ruud going perfect 2-0 and Nadal going 0-2 without a set win.

Although both men’s round-robin fates were sealed before this matchup, the 200 Pepperstone ATP Rankings points and $383,300 in prize money at stake leave much to play for.

Rafa Nadal has disappointed

Rafael Nadal sunk to a second consecutive defeat at the 2022 ATP Finals.

“Probably you only heard one part of the answer. Of course, finish the season as World No. 1, it’s a great achievement. Would be an amazing achievement at this stage of my career,” Nadal said. “But on the other hand, I say that I will never be following that goal again.

That happens, because the situation brings me to that position, fantastic. But my body, my age, my personal situation don’t allow me to follow that goal any more, no? Winning two slams was not enough,” he said. “Of course, was not enough because I was not able to play. I don’t know how many tournaments I played, 10, 11, maybe 12. Finished maybe nine, 10, in good conditions.”

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