Spain’s Rafael Nadal said goodbye to the ATP Finals in Turin with a good taste in his mouth, defying the bad feelings he had going into the tournament and starting his preparations for the Australian Open with a win. Against Norwegian Kasper Ruud, 7–5 in doubles.
Nadal pounces on the center court of Pala Alpitor, already without mathematical options, to reach the semi-finals of his cursed tournament, the only great that he does not have in his showcase and which is played under conditions, hard and on indoor courts yes, don’t favor that shooting game
The match replayed the Roland Garros final this season with Nadal being crowned champion of his favorite tournament once again. The world number two raised his special revenue against a Norwegian who had not beaten him in an official match, not even a set, but who had already secured first place in the group, so would face second in the red group. , which would lead to a duel between Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Russian Andrey Rublev.
It was noted from the outset that Nadal was more comfortable than in his other matches, perhaps already relieved from the stress of knowing he had no choice, and prepared to approach the game in a more relaxed manner. , Thinking more in the long term. She took her first two serves without dropping any points and held her level for most of the set.
Rudd was to complicate the afternoon for Manacor with two ‘break’ balls on the scoreboard at 4–4, which he missed and, ultimately, his punishment in the first set, as Nadal pressed on and broke his opponent’s serve. Gave. With 6-5 on the scoreboard with an empty game.
The second set was another sign of improvement for a Nadal, who took his first three serves with empty games (16 straight serves in total), while delighting the attendees by signing off on some blows and exchanges that saw him win that match. reminded of the level that he had displayed. In his earlier months of the year, when he won the Australian Open, that is on his mind again, as the defending champion and, perhaps, as the second seed.
The score was repeated in the second game and the score was 6–5 in favor of Manakor’s man with the Norwegian’s serve. With a subtle drop he started his way to the final break. The midget Rude was completely defiled by Nadal’s resurgence and left him with two match points.
He waived the first, but in the second he crossed the ball with a two-handed backhand, which certified his special prize, which came to the senses after a second half of the season marked by injuries, little consistency and a track of personal problems. Had to fix it. Nadal said goodbye to Turin, but he did so with a stunning victory that made it clear he still has a lot to fight for.