Nadal defeated Ruud to avoid going winless in Turin.
Toni Nadal acknowledged it was difficult for Rafael Nadal to do well at the ATP Finals since he arrived to Turin not prepared well for the prestigious season-ending tournament. After the US Open, Nadal returned home and he didn’t singles again until the Paris Masters.
In Paris, Nadal lost to Tommy Paul in his first match at the tournament. Then, Nadal picked up back-to-back straight-set defeats to Taylor Fritz and Felix Auger-Aliassime in his first two Round Robin matches at the ATP Finals.
By losing to Fritz and Auger-Aliassime, Nadal lost his chances of qualifying for the semifinal. On Thursday, Nadal defeated Casper Ruud 7-5 7-5 in his Round Robin finale to avoid going winless in Turin.
Toni Nadal on Rafael Nadal’s ATP Finals campaign
“It was good.
For my nephew, this was an important match because I knew that when Rafa came here, he came with not enough proper preparation. It is very difficult. When you arrive at a Grand Slam it is not the same problem because you have had a few matches.
If he can pass the first week then in the second week he can win the tournament. But here it is not the same because in the first match you play against one of the best players in the world, and then it is too difficult. When he arrived at the Australian Open, for example, he did not play too good in the first game, the second not too good, in the third the same, then better and better.
This is what he did there, but this is impossible here,” Toni Nadal told Eurosport. Following his win over Ruud, Nadal admitted he didn’t end enjoy a dream end to the season but added he was glad that at least he was able to finish his year with a win. Nadal will now return home and spend some time with his family before kicking off his preparation for the 2023 season.