Rafael Nadal eyes missing piece from trophy collection at ATP Finals

Rafael Nadal says he is hoping to turn around his surprisingly mixed record at the ATP Finals.

The 13-time French Open champion has arrived in London, aiming to cap another fine season with a victory at the season-ending tournament.

At this time of the season, a tired Nadal has often struggled to make an impression at the ATP Finals.

Last week, the Spaniard reached the semi-finals of the Paris Masters, where he was beaten by eventual runner-up Alexander Zverev.

Nadal is the second seed at the ATP Finals and in a group with last year’s champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, US Open winner Dominic Thiem and in-form Andrey Rublev.

“We can find excuses or reasons but, at the end of the day, the numbers are the numbers,” said Nadal.

“I think I played less indoors than on the other surfaces, without a doubt.

“The indoor surfaces have not been the ideal surfaces for my tennis game since the beginning of my career.

”I think I am able to play a little better in the past couple of years indoors than I did at the beginning of my tennis career, without a doubt, but [these are] the numbers.

“I can’t say something different. I hope to change that this week.”

This year’s event will be the final time it is held at the O2 Arena as from 2021, it will move to Turin, Italy.

And Nadal paid tribute to the venue and the city for hosting the competition over the last 12 years.

“The experience of playing the Nitto ATP Finals at The O2 here in London has been one of the best, without a doubt,” said Nadal.

“The atmosphere in this amazing stadium, the organisation has been great, the event has been very popular around the world.

“I think the ATP did a great job choosing The O2, choosing London and creating a fantastic event for so many years.

“[I just want to] congratulate London for this amazing 12 years that we have been playing here. I expect to have another great event in Turin.”

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