Nadal has served 3,449 aces in his career, with 271 (12.7%) coming this season. He served only 122 aces last season. A snapshot of where those aces were directed in 2019 can be seen from the 105 aces he served this year at ATP Masters 1000 events and the Nitto ATP Finals.
“I can assure you that this academy project could have been located in several placed in the world where we were offered important benefits and a lot of facilities,” Nadal said. “But though it was a higher economic cost, I wanted to do it in my home, in Manacor, where this project could be positive for my region and the Balearic Islands.”
He explained why he wanted to address the issues. “I don’t like to enter into these types of controversies,” said Nadal. “I just wanted to express my feelings of pain and disappointment [and] I think you should, also, have my point of view about things that people are saying.”
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Ferrer told Express Sport: “I think his goal is to win as many Grand Slams as possible. It is a target for him. He wants to do something like Roger. It is a very good target for him to still keep going. It is more difficult but in this moment he is the No 1 in the world. So he is in a good place. Tsitsipas, Thiem, Medvedev are very good players but Rafa for me is the favourite to finish next year as world No 1. He can do it.”
“He’s a superhero. He’s unbelievable. Every year Rafa surprises me,” he said.
Rafael Nadal: Year-end ranking, No. 1
2019 record: 57-7 with four titles, including two Grand Slams
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The Russian raised his level in the final set and sprinted to a 4-0 lead. With Nadal serving at 1-5, 30/40, it appeared that Medvedev would pick up his first win at the season finale and 60th tour-level victory of the year. But, as Nadal has demonstrated countless times, he can’t be counted out.
Not for the first time — or second, or third — Nadal entered a season under an injury cloud. This time it came courtesy of yet more knee issues and an abdominal complaint. He has often lamented how much time he has missed over the years but always seems to rally, and impressively. Indeed, “I’ll be back” seems like a line tailor made for Nadal, not just for Arnold Schwarzenegger in the “Terminator.”
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