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With his victory in Hamburg, Nadal improved his chances of qualifying for the Final Showdown

Nadal Sets Sights on Final Showdown

The Spaniard is hoping to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Rafael Nadal has set his sights on qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after claiming his 67th title at the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg.

“This title helps [me] to be a little bit more calm, add some points to the ranking to try to finish the year in the Top 8 again,” said the 29-year-old Spaniard. “I [have] a good advantage with this victory today but I need to keep fighting, I need to keep doing the right things and we’ll see,” he added.  

Nadal, who will move into sixth place in the Emirates ATP Race To London, said that the Hamburg title was an important milestone for him.

“It’s not an easy year for me, coming back after the tough injuries last year,” said Nadal, who will spend a few days in Mallorca before flying to Montreal for the Rogers Cup in Montreal later this month.

“Montreal is a tournament I like, I [have] had positive results there, but every year is different,” said Nadal, having won the Rogers Cup in 2005, 2008 and 2013.  The lefthander said his main goal is to keep improving his level of tennis to ensure he has “less ups and downs” than in the first six months of the season.

In June, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic became the first player to qualify for this year’s Final Showdown in London. Nadal qualified for last year’s event but was forced to withdraw due to appendix surgery. The Spaniard has never won the season-ending tournament, losing the 2010 and 2013 finals to Roger Federer and Djokovic, respectively.