No Paris Masters title for Rafael Nadal, but Spaniard vows to ‘adjust a couple of things’ ahead of ATP Finals
Rafael Nadal’s wait for a maiden Paris Masters trophy continues, but the world No 2 feels it has been a “positive tournament” as it was good preparation for the ATP Finals.
The 20-time Grand Slam winner was beaten in the semi-final by Alexander Zverev with the German winning 6-4, 7-5.
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Nadal, though, will be the first to admit that he hardly set the tournament alight as he had to come from a set down in his second-round encounter against Feliciano Lopez and in the quarter-final against Pablo Carreno Busta.
The Spaniard was pleased with his fighting spirit in Paris and feels it helped him to get match fit for the ATP Finals.
“It has not been not a bad tournament. I spent hours on court. Of course I wanted to win the tournament, but it’s always difficult,” he said. “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.”
He added: “[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.”
The ATP Finals, which starts November 15 at London’s O2 Arena, is another title missing from Nadal’s illustrious collection and the 34-year-old feels he needs to iron a couple more things out.
“I need to adjust a couple of things, but I am doing well on all the important things,” he said. “I have one week and a little bit more to keep working, and I hope be ready for it.”
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