Nadal optimistic on fitness ahead of ATP Finals

Tanya Simon
November 9, 2019

Top seed Nadal, 33, who won the French Open and beat Medvedev in the final of the US Open, said it was an exciting moment for tennis.

Nadal, whose injury has prevented him from practicing, is hopeful of being fully fit for Monday's encounter with defending ATP Finals champion Zverev.

The Serbian, who can claim a record-equalling sixth year-end number one finish, said he was hungry to finish the year on top.

"But I really hope I will be able to serve every single day a little better, and my hope is to be on Sunday serving normal", he added.

Nadal withdrew from last week's Paris Masters due to an abdominal strain, but managed to come to London on Wednesday. "I will be happy hopefully to keep competing with them for a while but then I will be happy to watch it on TV". "I have good hopes to be 100% ready for Monday".

Nadal is in Group Andre Agassi along with Russian Daniil Medvedev, Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and German Alexander Zverev, while Djokovic is in Group Bjorn Borg along with Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem from Austria and Italian Matteo Berrettini.

"I have been serving very well in Bercy, I had good matches, so I am confident that I can be very competitive but of course it's a tournament that you will face the top guys from the beginning so you need to be 100 percent ready".

And compared to the previous generation, from which only Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic won Grand Slam titles, this group of youngsters seems to be a cut above, a feeling not lost on Djokovic, Nadal and Federer. After his stellar start to the season, Tsitsipas hit the buffers over the summer but also found his form again to qualify for a debut appearance at the O2, where he is sure to be a big draw.

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"Yeah I've qualified for 15 years but I don't know how many years I've completed the tournament", Nadal said.

The Serbian 16-time Major victor has won the ATP Finals five times before, while Nadal has never claimed the season-ending title.

"These guys are great guys off the court", he said.

The season-ending event in London, featuring the year's best eight players, is contested in a round-robin format with the best four players and doubles teams reaching the knockout semifinals stage.

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"I think the next two, three years will be very exciting", Zverev said.

The 32-year-old from Serbia leads Federer 4-2 in match-ups at this event, though one of those was the 2014 final when the Swiss pulled out beforehand because of injury.

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