Rafa Nadal has had to surrender to evidence that he is not yet ready to compete against the world’s best. The Spaniard added his second loss against Felix Auger-Aliassime at the ATP Finals (6-3 and 6-4) without winning a set and bowed out of a tournament that had gone too well for him after “six very complicated months”. “It’s not surprising,” he admitted. He relied on the Ruud–Fritz result to keep his options ahead of the third day of the green group, but the Norwegian won the first set and had already certified Nadal’s elimination.
The Spaniard struggled in the first set against a player who is now coached by his uncle Toni, had his options to take the lead, but the Canadian was put out of all trouble by a serve that, on the contrary, showed Nadal’s moments of weakness. Took advantage of In the eighth game, with two double faults, to break and take the first set. Something similar happened at the start of the second, with a lack of rhythm once again punishing Nadal in rallies and Auger-Aliassime, who has won three tournaments since the US Open, relied on his serve with more than 80% points. before, and her powerful forehand from Mancore to secure her first win against a tennis player and confirm her progress.
Nadal willingly accepted his defeat because “it can happen. Others are getting better now and there is nothing wrong in accepting that.” Looking forward, he expressed his determination to work to improve and feel competitive again. “The only thing I can do is keep working, keep doing whatever I have to do to have a chance to start with real opportunities in 2023. We’ve done it a second time and it’s good,” he added. Used to be.” The Spaniard also made a positive reflection: “I don’t think I’ve forgotten how to play tennis, how to be mentally strong. I need to regain my confidence, my strong mindset, to be at the level I want to be.” I don’t know if I’ll be able to reach that level again because someone who has no doubt can be cocky. But I have no doubt that I’m going to die to achieve it.”
Their goal is already set to reach Australia in the best of conditions” and for that I have to work hard and accept the challenge, knowing that I may have to suffer a little more in the process. But I’m prepared to go through with it and in two months we’ll see if I keep my resolve.” Nadal did not want to reveal whether he thought his retirement might be near, “but if so, I don’t think he can blame me for anything.”
Djokovic in Australia
They will clash at the Australian Open where he will defend his title again with novak djokovic Since everything indicates that the federal government will lift the ban on entering the country for three years which is burdened on the Serb, who will thus be able to access the visa and play the first Grand Slam of the year in January.