Nadal Targets Unfinished Business
Top-ranked Spaniard holds an impressive 51-15 record against opponents in the Ilie Nastase Group
Twice a runner-up at The O2, the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title is the biggest prize Rafael Nadal is yet to get his hands on. A late-season surge has seen the Spaniard reach finals in Beijing and Basel as well as a semi-final run at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. He returns to London with his strongest momentum all season.
“I didn’t have injuries during the whole season. I had injuries last year, not this year. I always thought that I would qualify for London but there’s always a chance you won’t,” Nadal said ahead of his seventh season finale.
“At the end of the day it’s good news to be here as No. 5 in the world. After a tough year, if you’re able to arrive at this tournament with that number that says that the level is still there. I need to keep playing the way that I’m playing the last month and a half. I think like this I’m going to be in a good position.”
The former No. 1 carries a dominant 51-15 overall record against his three group opponents – Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and David Ferrer. He finished with three titles in 2015, winning in Buenos Aires, Stuttgart and Hamburg and reached three other finals at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Madrid, Beijing and Basel.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic denied Nadal a 10th Roland Garros title this year, but even with the quarter-final run on the Parisian clay, Nadal still became the only player this season to win at least 25 matches on clay (26-6) and hard courts (27-10). He missed last year’s season finale after undergoing a late-season appendectomy.
“If you work there is always a solution and if finally there is not a solution, the most important thing is be satisfied that you really tried,” Nadal said. “Every time I come here I arrive with motivation to try my best. This year is not an exception even if it was not an ideal season for me. I’m here to keep fighting as I did the last tournaments and I had the motivation to do it.”