22-time major champion Rafael Nadal is in Turin, looking for the most notable title missing from his collection. Rafa made an early exit at the Paris Masters, intending to arrive in Turin early to prepare for the ATP Finals.
Nadal will be playing in the ATP Finals for the eleventh time, with a balance of 20-16 and never finding the winning formula at the premium home event. The Spaniard missed many ATP Finals events due to injury and his best runs came in 2010 and 2013 when he lost finals to Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
Furthermore, he has reached the quarter-finals four times, including the last at the 2020 Tour of London, where he had a huge chance to defeat Daniil Medvedev. Rafa remains in contention for the year’s No. 1, sitting 1,000 points behind Carlos Alcaraz and needing a deep run in Turin to overtake the younger compatriot for his sixth No. 1.
Nadal missed last year’s ATP Finals and appears eager to compete next week despite a stomach ailment. Rafa skipped the second part of 2021 and started to return to his rightful place this year. The Spaniard won the Australian Open and Roland Garros to reach the Wimbledon semifinals.
Instead of chasing a third straight major title, Nadal withdrew ahead of his clash with Nick Kyrgios with a seven millimeter abdominal tear. He lost ground, and four months later we haven’t seen Rafa at his best.
Nadal skipped Toronto and lost in the second round in Cincinnati. He won three matches at the US Open, but pain prevented him from getting the best of him.
Rafa won the 2022 Australian Open
Rafael Nadal has stated that he loves playing tennis, still has a passion for it and wants to continue as long as he can keep his body in top shape.
“I’m happy playing tennis. I still have the love, the passion for the game. If my body allows it, I’ll continue to enjoy my everyday life as a professional tennis player. When that’s no longer possible, it’s time to think about other things.
For now, I still feel satisfaction and passion for tennis,” he said. “Each title is different, you enjoy each moment in each way,” he added. Roland Garros.
It was a very good year, but at the same time difficult because I had physical problems. But, if I put all this into context, it was a memorable year. I reached 22 Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros, which is a moment I will never forget, because of all the problems surrounding the tournament.”