“Zverev defeated Nadal in a straight-set of 6-4, 7-5 in the semifinal held on Saturday, but despite his straight-sets loss to Alexander Zverev, Rafael Nadal is taking a few positives from the Paris Masters.”
“It has been not a bad tournament,” Nadal said. “I spent hours on court. Of course, I wanted to win the tournament, but it’s always difficult. But I had the right attitude during the whole event, I think, fighting in every match. That gave me the chance to play four matches that I think will be helpful for London.”
Paris Masters(2020): Rafael Nadal’s quest for a maiden Paris Masters title ended on Saturday with a 6-4, 7-5 semifinal loss to Alexander Zverev. However, the Spaniard remains upbeat about his chances in the forthcoming Nitto ATP Finals in London awarded the way he adjusted to the indoor conditions in Bercy.
“I have been there until the end against a player who is playing great on a surface that he’s winning a lot,” Nadal said. “It has been a positive tournament for me. Of course, I am not happy about the loss, but that’s part of the game. I played against a great player, and I accept the defeat. He played a little bit better than me.”
Despite being unable to win a record-equaling 36th Masters 1000 name, Rafael Nadal considers that his stint at the championship wasn’t an entirely fruitless one. The eight-odd hours that he spent on the court were among those positives that the Mallorcan mentioned, expressing the belief that this might potentially serve him well in the ATP Finals.
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Rafael Nadal then acknowledged the superiority of Alexander Zverev on the day and also praised the German’s recent form on the surface. The Spaniard admitted he wasn’t happy about the defeat, but wholeheartedly accepted the result.
Nadal also disclosed that he will be working on some special aspects in the coming week to improve his game ahead of the last event of the year in London.
Rafael Nadal on his poor record at the Paris Masters: “You can’t say it’s not normal that I don’t win a Masters”
“Why I never won here in Paris? The surface is difficult, ” Nadal said.” It’s my first indoor tournament. But you can’t say it’s not normal that I don’t win a Masters 1000. Here you have the best players in the world and there’s no point in losing when the opponent is better.”
The Paris Masters is among the worst-performing events on the calendar for Rafael Nadal. The Mallorcan has only one final to date in the place, which was back in 2007.
Rafael Nadal admitted that the playing surface in the tournament was’difficult’ for him. How this event is usually the very first indoor championship for him during this portion of the year, makes things worse.
Nadal has also missed the event a whopping six different times due to fitness issues. In the editions he has taken part, the Spaniard has usually been thwarted by a big-hitting competitor or succumbed to injury. That resulted in a member of this press conference quizzing him about his bad record in the tournament.
At the conclusion of the afternoon, however, Nadal believes not winning one Masters 1000 series is nothing unusual given that the field is always packed with quality players.