(PA Sports) – Rafael Nadal is adamant he will be fit to play in the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London after another injury scare.
If I didn’t believe I could be ready for Monday I wouldn’t be here.
I don’t have to make a decision. I’m going to play. That’s my feeling today.
I had problems in Paris a week ago. I go day by day, how I’m feeling.
I cannot predict what will happen, but my feeling now is I’m going to play and try my best.
Rafa faces David Goffin on Monday evening in the last of the first round of matches. Two groups of four players play in a round-robin format before semi-finals and a final.
He insisted he had made no schedule demands on the organisers which would give him additional time to recuperate from his injury.
I didn’t have any request. I didn’t ask anything.
Rafa is guaranteed to end the year as world number one, irrespective of his performance at the finals, which begin on Sunday and end on November 19. He has qualified for finals previously 12 times, withdrawing on five occasions, including 12 months ago.
He has never won the year-ending event.
It’s always in my mind, during 13 years that I’m qualified.
Being here is an important thing, but for me the most important thing is the only thing that happened to me this year. Winning tournaments, competing every week, being healthy until Paris.
I’m number one here, great. It’s a very important achievement, especially at my age. It’s something important for me, but that’s all. It’s going to be a nice moment when I receive Sunday the award, a year ago it was never in my mind to achieve that again. For me the most important thing is to finish the season well.
On the prospect of playing Federer in the final, Rafa said:
It would be great to finish the year playing against him again.
Source: PA Sports