Rafa Roundup: Rafael Nadal yet to decide on playing Saudi Arabia exhibition

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“I slow down a little bit the intensity of course… I stopped [practising] for a while after the US Open so then I started to practise slowly, step-by-step,” Nadal said. “It’s nothing new for me. It’s something that happened in my career a couple of times. So more or less we know the process, and we know the thing that works good to us, things that don’t work good.”

“I just go day by day, no? I am happy to be here. I am having better feelings on court. I am practising a little bit more every day. And, yeah, trying to improve the positive feelings. That’s all what I can say today, no?” Nadal said.

Nadal, who was won 17 major titles to Djokovic’s 14, added that the match had been agreed over a year ago, a long time before the recent controversy surrounding the regime emerged.

“It’s terrible that one journalist lost his life. I know something very bad happened inside there,” Nadal said.

“We are looking about how the situation evolves and I hope things will be clarified as soon as possible.”

The pair will enter the main draw on Monday with Nadal just 35 points ahead of his Serbian rival in the ATP rankings – 7,480 to 7,445 – and the equation is simple enough; whoever lasts longer in Paris will be the number one by the end of the week. So if they both get knocked out in the same round, then Nadal will hold on to the top spot going into the Nitto ATP finals in London but if the Spaniard loses in any round that the Serb successfully negotiates, then Djokovic will take over. And if they both progress to a final showdown in Paris? Well, then we really will have a sensational, winner-takes-all finale!

VIDEOS:

Rafa returns to the ATP World Tour at the Rolex Paris Masters and discusses his year-end No. 1 battle with Novak Djokovic.

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8 thoughts on “Rafa Roundup: Rafael Nadal yet to decide on playing Saudi Arabia exhibition

  1. Isabel Lee

    Disappointing reaction from French fans who reacted negatively when Rafael announced his withdrawal from tournament. He has given everything at FO-injuries are an unfortunate part of any elite athlete’s life. Accept it.

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  2. Fan love

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