Rafael Nadal is out of the Paris Masters after being defeated by Tommy Paul – and the Spaniard isn’t betting on successful the ATP Tour Finals, both.
Paul, ranked No. 31 on this planet, secured a 3-6 7-6(4) 6-1 victory over world No. 2 Nadal, who hadn’t performed since teaming up along with his long-time rival Roger Federer on the Laver Cup.
Down after the primary set, the American bounced again to interrupt Nadal to like for 2-2 within the second.
Paul then broke Nadal’s serve 3 times within the deciding set to wrap up the victory, within the course of denying the Spaniard an opportunity to return to the highest of the world rankings.
“I think he played aggressive, a lot of great shots. I had my match in that second set with set and break,” Nadal mentioned after the sport. “Yeah, I didn’t deserve the victory taking part in that unhealthy[ly] in that key second, no.
“Until that moment it was okay, a good match for me. Knowing that it is my first match since a while,” he mentioned. It was Nadal’s first match since he and his spouse welcomed a son final month.
The 22-time grand slam winner, who appeared injured towards Paul, added that he hoped to make it to the ATP Finals in Turin, Italy and that he had “nothing to lose.”
The celebrated, season-ending ATP Finals run from November 13-20.
It’s a match for which Nadal has already certified along with his rating place, although remarkably given the Spaniard has received these 22 grand slam titles he’s by no means triumphed on the ATP Finals, regardless of having reached the ultimate twice.
“Just give myself a chance to enjoy another World Tour Finals, no? You never know when is gonna be the last, especially at my age. So I’m gonna give my best to enjoy this one, and then next year’s of course I’m gonna fight to be back there,” the 36-year-old mentioned.
“I need to put everything in perspective, and I’m just gonna keep trying my best, and I need to be healthy enough to spend days on the tour. That’s it.”
Nonetheless, Nadal didn’t appear assured about his probabilities in Turin, including that it’s “difficult to imagine now arriving in the World Tour Finals in shape, in enough good shape to win a tournament like this one that I didn’t win during all my tennis career.”